Know your numbers

Let’s imagine you’ve just taken the Fit-To-Retire readiness assessment. You scored brilliantly in every category (Self Identity, Social, Financial Security and Personal Relationships) EXCEPT Health and Nutrition. You’re not completely surprised because, let’s be honest, you’ve been using your treadmill as a drying rack since 2007 and the staff at Dunkin’ Donuts knows you by name. Yeah, you’re a bit of a procrastinator in that particular area, but you realize that by getting in better shape, you can do more of the fun stuff in retirement (hiking, skiing, passing the football with the grandkids) and keep your health care costs from siphoning large portions of your hard-earned savings.

But, where to begin? Business people tend to respond to numbers, right? So, why not start with an independent audit of your personal digits: Daily calories in-calories out, blood pressure, cholesterols, waist size (tape measure, anyone?), resting heart rate, etc. Here’s a good explanation of why these numbers are important. Of course, obtaining those numbers means a visit to your personal physician. And if that’s something you haven’t done in a while (we’re looking at you, Mr. Chocolate Frosted with Sprinkles), we have three words (with apologies to Nike): Just do it!

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