If you are a parent of young children or teens, then you cannot afford to be unhealthy. Futures depend on your personal health. For many of us, it feels like chasing after the wind.
My wife and I are in our mid-forties, and our health is not even close to what it used to be, even though we live a relatively healthy lifestyle. We eat healthy. We exercise. We are not overweight and don’t smoke. Sometimes it seems futile, but it’s just mid-life. We can do the right things, and yet our bodies are just going to be breaking down from here on out.
In this second half of life, there are some things that just won’t heal, that lifestyle won’t fix. Neither my eyes nor my ears will be getting better, no matter how healthy I try to live. It’s just decay. We get wrinkles, cysts, and gray hair.
In addition to the natural aging process, stress is slowly killing most 40-somethings. The responsibilities are often overwhelming, and the daily output of energy is rarely enough to keep pace with all the work and family activities. And while there are some effective techniques for dealing with stress, many of us have far more stress than can be counterbalanced by meditation, prayer, exercise, etc.
Don’t get me wrong. We are not giving in and giving up. In fact, we are doing what we can to fix the problems and improve our lifestyle to improve our long term health. We CAN become more healthy this year than last.
But there is no denying it. It’s an uphill battle, and the hills are getting steeper each year. At 44, we may have another 44 years left. Maybe even 54. Even if it’s just 24 years left, we have a lot of living ahead of us, and our kids have a lot of growing up to do.
They need us for their teenage years and college years, when they are learning to be an adult. But especially now. They need us to be physically and mentally healthy right now. This year. Remember, futures depend on our personal health, and it takes intentionality to be healthy at this age. And many of our choices can improve our health significantly.
So, what are the top three things that you could do this year that would most improve your physical and mental health?
If you won’t do it for you, then do it for them. They need you. The healthy you.