Time to Focus on your Health for the Second Half
Time to focus on your health for the second half
Health and wellness are hot topics in our country, especially for those in the second half of their life, you know, over 45, kids gone, grandkids on the horizon. If you aren’t concerned about your health or your future health, you should be. The overwhelming research indicates that 80% of Americans are not growing old gracefully.
Currently the United States is ranked 37th in the world in health care. Yet, the USA is ranked #1 in health care costs. A large part of that “unhealthy” population is in the second half. This is the age when the years of raising children, working long hours and losing focus on your own health manifest into a list of typical American chronic diseases. Those include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, weight issues, hormonal dysfunction and general fatigue. These problems have been building over the years, but now the diagnosis comes.
Here are a few eye opening stats regarding the health in our country:
- every 37 seconds, another American dies of heart disease
- 35% of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes
- 1 out of every 3 Americans is obese
- 100 million Americans suffer insomnia (inability to sleep)
- 1 out of every 2 Americans suffer some type of Gastrointestinal complaint
- 2 out of every 3 Americans are overweight
So what is the problem? Americans are not so concerned about getting healthy until they have significant health issues. They eat poorly, exercise poorly, sleep poorly and if they feel bad, they expect a magic pill to fix it. As a nation, we are not pro-active about our health. Yet we complain and accept that we cannot fit into our skinny jeans and don’t have the energy to play with grandkids, because it “sucks” to get old. This path is unacceptable. Taking control of your own health with a strategic plan will allow you to improve it and even reverse many chronic issues. The second half is the time to win! It doesn’t have to “suck”.
There are 3 components to a healthy lifestyle that are key to restoring and sustaining wellness: nutrition, exercise and recovery. A pro-active approach involves learning the right way to eat and providing your body the right nutrition for it to function at a high level. This cannot happen eating off the dollar menu. Simple implementations like raw juicing and eliminating processed foods are a great start. Exercise is essential and most Americans don’t do it correctly or enough. Research shows high intensity short workouts can provide the most benefit to our health. Even 10-12 minutes doing the right exercise makes huge differences. Probably the most ignored aspect of wellness is recovery. This doesn’t mean laying around watching TV. Active recovery can mean taking walks, relaxing massages or time spent meditating or exercising your brain. There are many ways you can improve your recovery on a daily basis.
The key is to determine your health status and devise a plan to improve it. Your second half should be the time of your life, enjoying the spoils of all of your hard work. Too many spend it feeling lousy. Take control of your life now, get back into those skinny jeans and enjoy it for the rest of your years, like a BOSS!