I saw this video about health habits in Japan versus the US and their effects on our lifespan from Attn: Life, and thought I’d share it. It’s pretty eye-opening. Even though I know how diet and exercise alone can affect our lives as living organisms, when I see this kind of empirical evidence it’s still always a bit of a shocker… that something seemingly so simple can have such a profound impact.
So the question is, why not eat a balanced diet (and you don’t have to be an extremist about it either, just pay attention to what you’re fueling your body with) and engage in some moderate, consistent exercise (like walking for 30 minutes, 5 days per week) if you can literally add YEARS to your life? The main issue is obviously quite complex and there’s certainly no easy answer. But I think the more that those of us who feel compelled to gain this kind of knowledge can actively spread it, and do our small part to help make lives better for others, that each little drop in the proverbial bucket can add up to hopefully slow or reverse this trend in our society. Maybe that’s idealistic, but it’s worth a shot, right?
During my jobless hiatus, I’m working on getting my certification as a Personal Trainer. I’m super excited, and it’s much more in depth than I thought (I feel like I’m studying for my MD!). But, I LOVE the material and find it so fascinating how our bodies work. I always knew it was a delicate balance, but I am just amazed at what intricate yet straightforward, delicate yet strong machines our bodies are! So what I’m thinking is that I’d really like to specialize in health and fitness for senior citizens. I feel like they are often an overlooked population for the fitness industry. Seniors, or just active post-retirement adults who aren’t quite at “senior” status yet, are a growing population in our country. Seniors are quite physically active nowadays, either with the normal activities of daily living or in pursuing other interests they never had time for when they were working. Many have unique health needs I am sure they could use some help addressing with professional guidance.
I think of my own parents who have some specific health issues that they must live with and, very much to their credit, they proactively strive to do research about how to eat healthy and stay active. But they don’t really have a resource they can reach out to (on a retirement income) for professional advice and tailored exercise program development. Consequently, they sometimes suffer from joint pain and injuries, and they either don’t understand or don’t know how to address the root causes of some of these problems. So they continue to suffer from these issues despite their best efforts, which can be frustrating for them. This is one of the reasons I’d love to work with seniors, and provide a service they can afford on a retirement budget. I’d love to help seniors stay active and healthy and avoid injuries, to address the right problems to prevent pain and discomfort, to help them achieve their fitness goals, and to enjoy their golden years (something we should all be able to do!). We’ll see where this pursuit takes me, but I think I’d be happy doing it and adding my little drop in the bucket. 😊