Planning for Retirement? Don't Forget to Invest in Your Health

At 47, I am taking my health seriously. Some would say too seriously. I use a stand up desk at work. I use small weights when I'm on conference calls. When I sit, I sit on a stability ball. I eat (mostly) healthy. I exercise my mind.

Gee, when I right it down, it does seem a little weird. But, after 24 years of working with clients on retirement planning I've learned two important things:

  1. To reach work towards a retirement goal it is important to PLAN WELL and INVEST WISELY.
  2. Retirement investing must include investing in your health, and it must be a priority.

Recently I interviewed Lane Sisson Gallagher, Patient Consultant,  PreDiabetes Centers. With her education in clinical nutrition and wellness, Lane is committed to improving the health and well being of people in her community.

In this video, Lane reminds us that retirement planning must include investing in your health now so you can enjoy a better quality of life later. She outlines three things we can do now from a nutritional standpoint:

  1. Rather than think “diet,” break our eating down by the 85% to 15% rule. Eat healthy 85% of the time, and don’t worry so much about the last 15%.
  2. With a goal to increase the days, for one day a week, commit to eating no pre-packaged foods.
  3. Eat foods that are high in fiber, which are quality carbohydrates.
  4. Yes, retirement planning is important. But if you don't invest in your health now, when you’re ready to retire,  you might not be in the best shape to enjoy it.

To help you think of ways to INVEST in your health for retirement, I created a free report: INVEST in Your Health: 72 tips to Living Healthier in Retirement. Click here to request a copy.