Several months ago, I re-focused this blog to discuss the issues of living well in retirement. I started organizing the results of my reading and research in health issues and wealth-management topics for those of us in the Baby Boomer generation.
I was acutely aware that I was facing an up-hill challenge. Working in the software development business and being a writer almost guaranteed that I spent the majority of my time hunched over a desk pecking on a keyboard. That lack of activity combined with the normal not-so-good diet had resulted in about a hundred pounds of belly fat sitting in my lap and a case on insulin resistance.
Energy drinks propelled me through my day. I knew I needed to lose weight and get in shape, but I’m a world-class procrastinator with too many things going on and a screwed up set of priorities.
And I have a lazy streak.
Meanwhile, life kept moving forward. One day, a couple of weeks ago, I started having a problem with shortness of breath. Walking even a short distance got me wheezing like I had just run a fast lap around the track back in the old days. I went to the Emergency Room. Their diagnosis was pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in my lung) and congestive heart failure.
Yikes! That sounded more terrible than it is. Fortunately, “congestive heart failure” simply means my heart is pumping blood less effectively than it is supposed to. Even better, it can be reversed with a proper diet and exercise.
Diet and exercise seems to be the key to clearing up this and nearly all other health problems we face in “the golden years”. That, and a solid focus on losing weight.
Now, the focus of my research and reading is to find a good heart-healthy diet I can live with and an exercise program that my heart can live with.
That is today’s challenge — finding an exercise program that will strengthen my heart without killing me in the process.
In the next day or two, I’ll have free report ready for you to download. Stand by.