by Gaynor Burton
How often do you think about the future? Do you dream about what your family will be doing? Who you will marry? Where you want to go on your next holiday? The path that God has for you? Heaven? Goals? Ambitions?
We often project ourselves into the future to spur us on with our current tasks and routine: studying for exams to achieve a certain career path, putting up with pregnancy and labour in order to have a family, struggling to save money to buy a house, working hard in order to buy food.
But, do you do this with your health?
How would you want your older self to be? What would you want to enjoy and be able to do? Would you want to be enjoying a travelling lifestyle? Playing with grand or great grandchildren? Serving God in a variety of settings?
Of course, only God knows our future and the days ordained for us. But He still gives us responsibility and choices.
What if better choices now really did help to lead to a better, healthier life then? If a regular 30 minutes now, really did help us with our goals then? If better food now, really did help us to achieve more then?
What would you do differently if you could see the direct impact of your choices now in your older self?
Perhaps you would:
- Do more weight-bearing exercise to strengthen your bones and prevent that future break from a small fall.
- Develop a stronger core so that you wouldn’t trip and fall as easily over that step.
- Stay fit enough to recover well from a later operation.
- Use your muscles more so that you could pick up your grandchildren.
- Carry heavy weights properly so that you didn’t injure your back.
- Get breathless for 30 minutes a few times a week so that you could do that weekly walk with a group of new friends.
- Daily eat mostly natural foods to avoid daily tablets.
Is your future you worth looking after now?
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