Getting To Retirement Age & Staying Healthy To Enjoy It
I want you to imagine that you’re at a party with all your friends. Out of all of these people, how many do you think will still be alive at retirement age? How many will be flat broke? How many will be wealthy enough to help others? If we look at American statistics (which will be similar to our own in the UK), the answers to these questions may surprise you.
Out of 100 people at retirement age, only one would be wealthy. Four would be financially secure. Five would still have to work in order to afford their lifestyle. Fifty-four would be completely broke and thirty-six would be dead.
Only 5% would be able to live healthy lives
Now, imagine you’re again looking around at your friends at the party. Only 5% of these people will be able to support themselves enough to live healthily at retirement age. This is why we need a life plan, and this is why we really need to think about where our lives are going. With that in mind, how old do you think your kids will live to? And does it matter where in the world they live?
Unfortunately, according to a CIA report, the average life expectancy of children who are born now is not as good as you might think. Broken down by country, people born in Monaco today will have the longest life expectancy of 89.6years. Here in the UK, it is 9.2 years less at 80.4. Right at the bottom of the table, we have South Africa with a life expectancy of just 41.0 years.
Health Is A Choice
Life Expectancy Is A Choice
This sounds shocking, but it is something that – here in the UK – we have the power to change ourselves, by transforming the way we think, what we eat, how we move, and what kind of lifestyle we choose to have. That’s right – it’s a choice.
We can choose to prove those UK figures wrong and live longer, healthier lives, or we can choose to do nothing, and watch as our life spans get shorter and shorter. It’s a decision we can actively make for ourselves, and it’s a decision that we shouldn’t have to spend too long contemplating. If we want to have longer lives, we have to start changing now.
Traffic Light Approach to Health
At my clinic, I ask my patients to fill in a questionnaire about their current health and their answers are incredibly useful in letting me see where they need to improve their mindset, their nutrition, their fitness and their lifestyle. This is no different to ancient doctors/shamans, who would listen and pray or teach meditation, teach movement, good healthy eating with clean water, and make sure the home and social network was healthy.
I call it the traffic light approach to health because we analyse these areas by seeing if the patient is green (good), amber (room for improvement) or red (poor).
These are your fitness keys, and they will tell you where you need to improve.
With this in mind, I have developed four questionnaires – one for each key and these are explained in detail in my first book, The 4 Keys To Health. If you want to get the most out of your health, then absorb the knowledge and implement some of my suggested changes into your life. You should soon start to see your traffic light scores changing from red or amber to green on all counts. When this happens, you are likely to be at your optimal health for your age, which means you’ll be giving yourself the best possible chance if a disease or injury should occur.
If you would like to find out more about your own fitness keys and get a plan for improvement, then call to see Nicky.
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