Sentinel Performance

In our lifetime, we are given one body.  This vessel is the only means through which we can carry out our life pursuits. Whether we are the provider for our family, a premiere athlete, or the important leader of a company, each one of us has only one body – one human machine – to accomplish our mission. So why do we spend the majority of our young adult life destroying our health in order to create wealth, only to find years later that we have no choice but to use that wealth to re-establish our health! 

For the average person, the thought of confronting a major operation or life-threatening disease like cancer doesn’t dawn on them until the second phase of their life, 50 years and older.  However, the reality is that health risks for conditions like type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, cholesterol and high blood pressure are all on the rise due to our high pressure, sacrifice-our-body lifestyles.  In fact, hypertension (chronic high blood pressure) is so deadly and yet so disregarded by many Americans it has been nicknamed “The Silent Killer!” We might be the wealthiest we will ever be during this stage of life, but that comes with a price tag. 

You don’t have to look far to notice that health care costs are on the rise at a staggering pace. According to Forbes Magazine, “the average deductible for plans purchased by a 21-year old man in 2013 was $3,649, bought at an average monthly premium of $144. To purchase a plan with the same deductible now, a 21-year-old would have to pay $261, an 81% increase. For a 40 year-old, the 2013 average deductible was $4,045, and the cost increased 29% to $309. For a 64-year-old man, the cost of a plan with a $3,494 deductible increased 64% to $806.” 

The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity a week (that’s 30 minutes over 5 days), and countless studies have additionally proven that increased regular physical activity, particularly resistance exercise, can assist in lowering blood pressure, improve cholesterol, control body weight, combat type II diabetes, and lower the risk of heart disease. The national average gym membership costs $43/month, or $516/year. And, even if professional strength training instruction is needed, that cost amounts to a drop in the bucket compared to expenses of disease treatment: about $6,760 annually when done at the average of $65/session for 2 hours/week. 

Whether it's negligence, ignorance, or arrogance we have allowed ourselves to become complacent with the idea that the pain of being sick but wealthy is more acceptable than the pain of being disciplined and healthy. 

We have only one chance to live a life of fulfillment and leave an impact; we owe it to those around us to extend ours as long as we can. 

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