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Why You Need to Be Thinking About Your Future Health Now

| 2/14/2018 11:47:00 AM

Humans are creatures of habit. We like routines. We enjoy knowing what to expect, without getting overly comfortable to the point of drudgery. Our eating, exercise, and general health habits are no exception. If you can get used to working out now, you’re more likely to continue that trend as you get older. If you learn to enjoy fruit and only occasionally indulge in chocolate cake, that’s something you won’t have to change when you get older.

In other words, one of the key reasons for developing your health habits now is that it cuts down on the work of having to change those habits later. But that’s just one of the things you can do. Many studies have shown a direct correlation between poverty in childhood and health outcomes later in life. That means you start laying the foundation for your health in childhood, and it never stops.

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Looking Ahead

At any point in your life, you’re probably considering the future. When you’re a child or a teenager, the future is relatively short-term. It might relate to the play date you have after naptime, or the homecoming dance that’s coming up next month. The older you get, the further you start to look ahead. Late in high school, college applications and work, or both, become your reality. You have to plan how to manage those, and your personal health often falls by the wayside.

Once you start to establish yourself, your attention often turns to the next big rite of passage: finding a partner. Then, it turns to children, because even if you decide not to have them, you must still have a serious discussion. These life decisions tend to upset the comfortable balance you’ve created between work and leisure, and often help disturb any healthy habits you’ve managed to develop during the calmer periods.

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