Someone said to me the other day
“What’s the effing point in doing all this healthy stuff it only gives you an extra 10 years at most. You might as well enjoy yourself, you only live once and I want to be happy.”
The guy had a point, life is here to be enjoyed and depending on what your religious disposition is we only live once.
Why not just eat and drink what you want and indulge in whatever floats your boat?
If it only really shortens your life from say 85 to 75 years does it really matter?
Let me tell you, IN A NUTSHELL, what it all boils down to at the end of the day (or last 10-15 years of your life).
N.B I must say a nurse told me this little “one liner”, she had been working with cardiac patients in Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli for over 30 years, you could safely say she had seen it all. We were having the “what’s the point” discussion like we are now, and she said to me, in her West Wales accent.
“Richard bach, it comes down to this, during the last decade or so of your life, you either you wipe your own arse OR someone else does it for you.”
Let me explain…
I have worked with over 40’s, 50’s and 60’s since I was in my early twenties. I ran a GP referral scheme for over 6 years and have been involved in cardiac rehab for over 12 years.
During this time I would see over 600 people a year all referred to me by their GP or cardiologist, ALL with multiple health challenges.
I would ask lots of them – what sort of life have you lived? and over the years if I had to sum it up there were two main answers I recieved…
1. Either they said I have abused my body with drink, drugs, smoking, food, whatever
2. They said they had never drunk or smoked, lived healthily but by their own admission they were worriers/stress heads.
BOTH groups suffered from stress, the first lot stressed their bodies with abuse, the second lot with worry.
This is not scientific evidence, just my opinion based on observational evidence.
I can’t prove it but it’s what I learnt from asking people the simple question “what sort of life have you lived?”.
As the nurse said, it’s all about those last 10-15 years, and just to be clear this “healthy stuff”, can make up to 20 years difference in lifespan here in South Wales, as some people are “checking out” (dying) in their 50’s and 60’s – WAY before they should.
Most people’s master plan is to work hard and “enjoy” their retirement, saving money along the way to do special things.
If your health is screwed by the time you get to retirement you have messed up said plan somewhere along the way.
Do you want to wipe your own arse or get it wiped for you?
At the moment – the choice is still yours, it’s never too late to get fitter, stronger and healthier.
I know what I want and I know I want the last 10, 15 or even 20 years of my life to be – enjoyable with me being active and in full control of my faculties and personal care.
Like the guy who said what’s the point… the point is you don’t have to be a saint to live a long, active life but being a relative sinner (food and lifestyle wise) WILL shorten your life and make the final years MISERABLE with trips back and forth to the hospital, being on medication all being a normal part of life.
My advice to you today is – don’t be a sinner BUT don’t be a saint either, be middle of the road with everything in moderation as they say.
Over and out,
PS – Please remember to check out this week’s podcast
In this episode me and Dr Mark answer questions on:
Whether medication effects your ability to lose weight
How to deal with trochanteric burisitis
How to gain weight when suffering with pancreatitis
And much more!