The Unofficial Really Honest Self Health Test.

by DavalosMcCormack on September 21, 2009

Well, I just read an article called “Mid-Life financial check-up” it’s about reassessing all the things you have done over the years with your money and how to re-focus, depending on your needs, in the future. And it got me to thinking – it happens from time to time – that maybe what we all need is a “Mid-Life Self Health Really Honest check-up”.

The financial check-up was very informative because it asks you questions about where you have your money, how much debt you have and have you saved enough for a healthy financial future. So our little “Mid-Life Self Health Really Honest Check-up”, could follow that example and ask you questions about your health, and you answer really honestly in your own private setting with no one listening. Ready?

Q – How long have you been saying, “I’m going to start a regular exercise routine.”

a) 1 month b) 6months c) 1 year d) Over 2 years e) All my damn life or it seems like it.

Be honest, have you walked your talk yet, or is the future still the place where you are “gonna” get into an exercise routine, really.

Q – Are you doing enough to insure a healthy body well into your 80’s?

a) I watch my diet and choose wisely b) I moderate the treats c) I consider allergies, health issues and I don’t expect a pill to be the complete answer.

Hey, we’re living longer that’s why we need more money as we age, but if we only have the money and our health is shot we are just waiting for the end, and it’s not a pretty future.

In a recent New York Times article Dr. Vonda Wright studied people of a certain age who had been in physical competitions like running and found them to be playing the age game and winning. She also studied folks who began an exercise plan in their 40’s or 50’s, even 70’s and the same benefits applied. They were healthier seniors who were defying the stereotype of the elderly. They were not shuffling, doddering old folks, they were vibrant physically fit people who have lived a non-sedentary life. They were healthier! So it’s never too late to start, no matter what age you are.

Q – How long have you been planning to finally break that “bad habit” ? Whether it’s smoking, overeating or just not taking care of yourself or your body?

Be serious here, no one is looking. Really what have you done to free your mind of the guilt you feel, the self hatred that rages through every single cell in your body that is screaming “You are killing me! You are not worthy of living! You are so far gone now that it is just too late! Too late do you hear, you lazy, fast-food chomping….”
Hold it! Stop! I got just a little carried away there, but you get the idea.

Q – How is your unofficial really honest self health test going?

a) right on track!

That’s what I thought. Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and foremost scholar on aging, says life gets even better as we age. She is best known for debunking all those nasty stereotypes of aging as frail and surly. She says we have more control than we think. All that’s needed is to get control of our mind, body and our finances. You still have time, start now.

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