I’ve been in practice now for over 16 years (crazy how fast that has gone!)! It has been great to work with so many fantastic patients in our community at The Live Well Centre. Many of those relationships I’ve had for more than 10 years. Whats really exciting is to see some patients now moving and changing into their next stage of life, retirement! I am truly excited to see such nice people shift to the next phase, with health, vigor and vitality.
It is a fantastic period in our life when you gain the time to do more of the things you truly want. To live a life on your own terms, waking up each day and deciding how and what to do next!
Quality of Life versus Quantity of Life
But how many of us are going to be able to live that life they dream of? It’s sad to see so many work their whole life, finally get the time and freedom in retirement, but not be able to enjoy it because of some health issues?
Coming into retirement, there are many aging related changes that can limit how well you enjoy that phase of life. Thankfully, most of those are influenced by our lifestyle choices. We can slow down the aging process drastically with the right lifestyle. But it takes time and effort on our part. We have to start thinking about the quality of our life in retirement, not just the quantity or how many years, to fully optimize that phase of our life.
Whatever your background is, your lifestyle is the biggest influencer on your health and aging. A lifestyle that includes proper and regular movement, fitness, a clean diet, stress coping mechanisms, a positive attitude, as well as healthy practices such as chiropractic care, massage, and exercise. These are keys factors to promote your health and sustain your quality of life into your retirement years.
As noted in previous posts, your life span has been shown to be predicted, not by your cholesterol or fat levels, but by three key determinants:
Lean muscle mass
These are all physical factors that are changeable and influenced by lifestyle!
No matter what your age, your health should be evaluated similarly to how an athlete would view themselves, which is how they look, feel and perform. Know that we did not say what your blood pressure or lipid levels are!
Ask yourself each day,
- How do I look? Do I look tired, energetic, stressed, happy?
- How do I feel? Slow, sluggish, sore and stiff, or supple and relaxed?
- How do I perform? While walking upstairs, doing yard-work, concentrating while doing complex mental tasks?
We have the potential to live to 100. But what good is that if we are confined to a chair in a nursing home? Think about your health span, with improving how you look, feel and perform, as opposed to just your life span.
Never too late to start, but the earlier you prepare the better!
Just like in your finances, the earlier you start living a better lifestyle, the better for your health. Similarly, it is never too late to start. There has never been someone no matter what age or condition, who wasn’t able to make some possible changes and improvements to their life with some simple helpful lifestyle changes. You can always make small changes to improve your diet, your mobility, your strength, fitness, mental state and so on.
And we are always here to help you, to ensure you get to live the life you dream of and that you deserve in your best years! Please, don’t be afraid to ask, we would love to help you! And if you are entering that stage, congratulations! Live Well!