I’ll bet you think about some sort of financial strategy that you either are using, paying attention to, focusing on, or thinking about in order to be able to retire with enough money/financial resources to live out the remainder of your life.
I’ll bet that you, or someone in your family, has spent time, energy, and money, learning about and consulting with people who give advice on retirement strategies.
The concept is always the same: “How do I ensure that the efforts that I make NOW can positively affect me in the future.”
It’s interesting to me that this seems to be universally important for people. In fact, we have an entire industry focused on this topic. You see books about it, commercials for it, advertising in print, articles online, blogs and even podcasts on the topic of preparing for retirement.
Here’s the thing: when I think of retirement strategy, I think of having ALL of the resources that I’ll need, not just money. In fact, I think that there is one resource that I’ll need when I retire that is more important than money – MY HEALTH!
What good is having early retirement with sufficient money if you don’t have your health?
I have met hundreds of patients over the years that had the financial resources to live when they retired, but were near bankruptcy when it came to their health. It’s almost like people just assume that health will still be there without effort. Not true!
If you want to still have your health 10, 20, even 40 years from now, what would you have to do NOW?
What type of INVESTMENT would you need to make NOW?
What specialist would you need to consult with, hire, and learn from in order to have health in the future?
What would you need to prioritize today in order to have what you want decades from now? When is a good time to start investing in your health? At what point would it be too early to stop investing in your health?
As a chiropractor, I can share that getting adjusted regularly lays the foundation for your body to be able to FUNCTION (work properly), DEVELOP (make new healthy cells after stressful times in your life), and HEAL (overcome damage from stressors in your life) as efficiently as possible.
If your body can to that (function, heal and recreate new cells properly) you lay the foundation for the kind of health that you want to have in the future.
Eating well, exercising, thinking positively, growing yourself spiritually, etc are all things that you can do to INVEST in your health. You can do any (or all) of these things starting TODAY!
Or you could do the latter.
You could be like the person that NEVER saved a penny their whole life, and then ended up in financial crisis. This is the same as the person who never invests into their health, and then loses all of their money trying to recover it in the future.
There is a recent example of a patient that I saw this week. Over the last 10 years, Jerry has started and stopped chiropractic care 6 times. Every time he restarted, he was in crisis and needed extra care to recover back to functional levels. In that time, because he was inconsistent, his health status has gone up and down like a yo-yo. Not OK!
If he just stayed consistent, we calculated that he would have had 25% fewer adjustments in that time (saving him about $3,600) and his health would have been consistently better. In that scenario, had he been more consistent, his future health prognosis would have been much higher too.
What’s the bottom line? Just like financial investing, if you want your “health account” to be full in the future, keep consistently investing in your health now.
You, and your family, are worth it.
Guest Blog by Dr. Ryan French
Dr. Ryan French is a family chiropractor practicing in Bolton, Ontario. Together with his team of incredible support staff and associate doctors, he has built the largest family chiropractic practice in the area. He is a health coach, mentor, teacher, and writer.
He is blessed with an incredible family, including loving wife Suzanne, and 4 beautiful children, Jessica, Jackson, Jordyn and Jacob.
Dr. Ryan received his doctorate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. His other academic accomplishments include a Degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, a post-doctorate fellowship in pregnancy and pediatric care rendering him the title FICPA (Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), certification in The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique (better known as the breech-turning technique), certification to practice Clinical Acupuncture, and many other courses in nutrition, exercise, and preventive health care.
His hobbies include coaching, hockey, fishing, golf, and never-ending learning!
He offers one-on-one mentoring to other chiropractors to help them grow and achieve more. If interested in more information, send an email to ADIOmentor@gmail.com.
He can be reached at Inside Out Family Chiropractic, 27 King Street East, Bolton, Ontario. OFFICE PHONE: 905-951-9911.