I know that there are a lot of people out there that aren’t prioritizing their health because it’s not an issue for them at this point. To a 30 year old, the thought of some day being old and too weak to live on their own doesn’t even seem like a reality. Unfortunately, that time is coming and by the time it starts to effect you, it might not be so easy to turn around. I’m not trying to be morbid, I’m just trying to get the point across that it’s never too early (or too late) to start working on your health.
An easy way to understand this concept is to think of your health as your RRSP.
Just as all of these principles tie into your long term financial state, they certainly apply to your physical health as well.
If you were to think of each visit to the gym or healthy meal as a contribution to your “retirement plan” then you would realize starting earlier and making regular “contributions” will be the easiest and most effective plan for success.
If you have to start later in life, you can still get to that goal but the habits are harder to build and bigger lifestyle changes are in order.
If you wait until too close to retirement to worry about your health then, just like your pension, there won’t be a whole lot to work with. It may not be too late, but it will certainly make the job harder. For your financial state there are some programs to fall back on if you just ignore it. Your health on the other hand, only has one government assisted program and that is the hospital.