Are You Ready To Age?
If you could go back 10-15 years ago and change something in your life, would you? Would those choices lead to more money? A better relationship? Living in a different location? Would you be happier than you are now? Be in better health?
Now imagine yourself 20 to 30 years from now. Do you have the same regrets? Wish there were changes you had made in your life right now?
It’s a bit of a cheesy exercise I admit, but the point is still important. Why keep putting off those life changes you’ve been putting off? Why risk having those future regrets? Every single aspect of your life can be changed at any point in time, that's one of the amazing benefits of being a human on Earth.
MAKE THE CHANGE NOW.
Iv had clients tell me that changing their health was something they kept putting off for years, and I feel like that’s true for a lot of people. They’re busy, or don’t know where to start, or are waiting until the new year to really make the change for sure this time.
Don't wait to start working and eating right because of excuses. You cannot make good decisions with bad health. Your health is linked to literally every aspect of your life. There is so much more to being healthy than working out to look good or be strong. People tend to only believe in what they can physically see and what is happening right now in present time, which is why everyone is focused on losing weight or building muscle as quickly as possible. Does this make you confident and feel good? Maybe, but guess what, your brain and gut are in charge of what makes you truly sustainably feel good and thrive, not your eyeballs.
You may look good now, but unless you are at optimal health on the inside as well, you won't look so good in the long run, when you end up needing a handful of medications or are in the hospital or at the doctors all the time. Fun fact: AGING IS NOT INEVITABLE. I'm not saying you won't eventually start to look older, or slow down a bit, but you do not have to break down and get sick the older you get. Eating right and working out now have so so so SO many other benefits than looking good.
We as Americans are terrible at thinking long term and seeing into the future. We never look for a solution until there is a problem. Then, when a problem arises, we look towards anyone and anything for a quick fix, instead of looking to ourselves. We wait until something is wrong with us and then hustle, stress, and complain because no one can fix us and we don't know what’s wrong.
When the average human thinks about the effects of aging (Not me of course, I am going to be the hottest, healthiest 80-year-old you have ever seen) they think about alzheimer's, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, obesity, depression, shingles… this is just the start of the top killers for people over 65. THIS IS NOT WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition and 60% have at least two. EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE BUT WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE!!!!!! Unless you are doing everything in your power now to be healthy, there’s a good chance you’re going to be a part of that that quickly rising 85%.
The reason I get so worked up about this is that it can all be prevented. And it’s so simple! Eat right and exercise correctly. Just because there is no problem now doesn't mean there won't be one later, and the odds are not in your favor I’m sorry to say. Don't wait until there is a problem, because by then, it’s going to be much harder to fix it. Eating right for your body, thinking positive, and exercising correctly can 100% prevent disease, even cancer.
To be honest, this is not where I thought this blog was going to go, but I’m heated. I wish I could shake everyone putting off changing their health and yell at them to WAKE UP! Quit sitting on your ass and stop making excuses. “I don't have time.” “I don't have the money.” “It’s too hard”. If you think you don't have time because of your kids and family, you actually owe it to them to eat right and have an hour to yourself to workout. How can you care for them the best you can, if you can’t even care for yourself? You can’t care for them, or show up with purpose at work, or live your best life, if you are sick or in the hospital. Sorry for this rant, but again, 85%!!! (I didn't know it was this bad until I just looked it up)
This is why we cannot focus so much about what we look like on the outside. We cut calories, we try “low fat”, we try these fad diets, all in hope to lose weight and look good. What about feeling good, having energy, preventing disease, sleeping at night, or having your brain function!?!? Trying diets or specialized diet foods and eating less is only speeding up the process.
This is what I try so hard to promote through my training and nutrition business. But i just keep swimming against the current. Being healthy and feeling good on the inside, not just focusing on the weight loss. People just don't want to hear it, or don't care, and it makes me really sad. I want nothing more than for people to stop caring about only what they are seeing on the outside and understand the importance of health on the inside.
Once you fix the inside, the outside will shine even brighter. Beautiful skin, energy, good sleep, weight-loss, not being irritable, all comes as part of healing whats happing inside of you. If we all make the change, we can thrive together, think positive thoughts, and stop all the stupid distorted thinking of fixing a problem only after it shows itself.
In 20-30 years from now, don't wish you started working out and eating right. Make the change now. YOU DESERVE IT! And when it comes to the cost, for a bit of perspective you can either spend it now on good health, or later on fixing a sickness (hospital bills, prescriptions, treatments). Change your focus from looking good now, and aim to feel great in the next 20-30 years (and yes, you’ll look good too!).
If you would like help in starting your journey let me know! I would love to help :)
Much love for everyone.