You probably have a pulse on your retirement funds and the kid’s college savings, but when was the last time you thought about how your body was being set up to perform in your golden years? Honestly, I had never thought of it that way either until recently. Hmm, not only do my finances have to get me through many decades, I want my body performing, too.
Age 65 is the sparkling age of retirement for most people – a long way off for many of us. But did you know 35 is a critical aging point for your body. Whoops, that was a couple years ago for me. It’s the age that health risks increase and calcium absorption decreases. Doctors start recommending mammograms and discontinuation of the birth control pill. Before I get too over my head in the medical field, just know that decisions we make with our bodies now, will affect our retirement performance.
So, what does this mean for us right now? Stress relief and cardio exercise. Put yourself in the mindset that your body means as much to your future as your bank account. Start a manageable routine that will condition your body for longevity. Get your priorities in place so that your body is higher on your list. Look at where you can combine efforts – take a walk while listening to a book on tape. Exercise with your kids. Make socializing a physical encounter.
Think about how you want to be living years from now. Now use your current lifestyle to make it happen.