Take The Stairs

Peter Katevatis - Feb 13, 2015
In an urban setting we often find ourselves riding elevators.  Unless you are going from the parking garage to the penthouse there is often another option, taking the stairs.  There will be plenty of days in the future when you will not be able to do

In an urban setting we often find ourselves riding elevators.  Unless you are going from the parking garage to the penthouse there is often another option, taking the stairs.  There will be plenty of days in the future when you will not be able to do it, so accept this present “ability” and make a small deposit into your Future Health account.

 

Take the Stairs

 

We manage our goals for life and retirement and constantly worry about earning the financial means to execute on those goals.  I believe it is just as important to make sure you have the physical means to be able to act on them too.

 

Your body is a complex machine that has an amazing ability to repair itself.  It is never too late to get started on some form of improved health that will make you happier and live better.  Keep it simple and focus on the inputs and outputs.

 

INPUTs

  • Eat whole food, the less processed the better
    • No time to cook?  Grab a piece of fruit, a pack of cut veggies or a yogurt instead of a muffin or donut
  • Drink alcohol in moderation and smoke less (or not at all)
    • Science has shown that the reservatol in grapes is good for your health, but this doesn’t mean that a bottle of wine at a time is!  You don’t have to cut out everything you love, just enjoy in moderation
  • Enjoy entertainment
    • Avoid toxic social media, the haters will always hate
    • Absorb the news with a grain of salt, their goal is to sell advertising

OUTPUTs

  • Do some exercise
    • Walking and running are inexpensive ways to get moving, simply get outside
    • Join a cycling peloton group for motivation and camaraderie
    • Find an activity you love to do and do it regularly
  • Relax
    • Lower your stress by finding activities that allow decompression
    • Yoga, meditation, reading, or just chilling to music can help

 

Going back to the title of this blog it reminds me of a famous Zig Ziglar quote:

 

There is no elevator to success… you have to take the stairs. –Zig Ziglar

 

While you are investing in your Future Health account another magical thing will happen, you will improve your quality of life.  When you focus on improving one aspect of your life, such as your health, quite often it can have a spillover effect and positive unintended consequences.  Here is an example:

 

Goal – Lessen the risk of a heart attack

Results – With proper diet and exercise you lessen your heart attack risk and lose 20 pounds

Unintended consequences – You look and feel fabulous. Then you decide to run that 5k that is on your bucket list and can safely do this now due to lessening your heart attack risk

 

Ultimately, saving for the future is very important, but taking the stairs and making sure you are around to enjoy your hard earned wealth is even more important.  Now only one question remains…. Are you taking your first step with your right or left foot?