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At some point, we must choose to help ourselves if we want to become who we wish to become. 

We all need help at some point, some of us more than others. 

I’ve seen an interesting phenomenon during my time as a therapist and coach…

Those that wait til the last minute, til’ things are very bad, til’ the pain is so great that if they don’t do something about it, it’ll be catastrophic. 

I’ve also seen those who are able to take a step back, analyze the situation for what it is, and choose to act now, rather than later. They focus on prevention. 

I used to be #1, always right on time for deadlines, sometimes missing them. It was a horrible feeling. 

Now, I am #2, I focus on prevention as the old adage says… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

I lift weights and run (and walk my dog a lot), because I know from the science, and from working with my clients, that as we get older, muscle mass decreases by at least 1% per year, along with bone density, particularly if we aren’t doing any types of training. 

Regular exercise and moderate to high amounts of physical activity also reduce the risk of dementia, alzheimers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression, all things that, trust me, you don’t want.  (I have a higher cardiovascular disease risk due to my family history).

We need to love ourselves enough to take care of ourselves and in so-doing we are also setting an example for those around us. 

Choose you today, take care of yourself, and be well.