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Unlocking a Different Retirement Account: Your Physical Strength!

Hello, I’m Dr. Ryan Seifert, a physical therapist, and today I want to shift the conversation towards a different kind of retirement account – your physical strength.
You might be wondering, why is a physical therapist talking about retirement accounts? Well, we’ll delve into the concept of not just saving for retirement, but also ensuring you’re physically equipped to enjoy it. At Natural Fit Therapy, our focus is on empowering individuals to stay healthy, active, and independent – to truly relish their retirement years.

 

Unlocking a Different Retirement Account: Your Physical Strength 

Investing in Your Physical Health for Retirement 

Many of us understand the idea of investing money for retirement, aiming for financial security that lasts throughout our later years. However, what’s often overlooked is investing in something equally crucial – maintaining our physical strength as a retirement asset. 
Imagine thinking of your physical strength as a parallel to a financial account. Just like you monitor your financial funds, monitoring and investing in your strength becomes equally important as you age. The graph below illustrates how strength changes over time. 

[Graph N1 – Muscle mass and strength over time] 

Why Physical Strength Matters for Retirement Planning

It’s a known fact that as we age, our strength tends to decline. However, research has shown that how rapidly this decline occurs can be influenced. Individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle experienced a more pronounced decline in strength compared to those engaging in regular exercise. This demonstrates that we have control over how quickly our strength diminishes as we age.

Physical Strength: Your Health Investment

Consider your physical strength as a health investment account. Over time, you’ll make withdrawals from this account – due to illnesses, surgeries, or simply the aging process itself. Just like with financial planning, it’s crucial to have enough reserves in your “strength account” to handle these withdrawals. 

Maintaining Independence Through Strength

Looking closely at the graph, an orange line marks the average strength of individuals when they move into assisted living. The sedentary group crossed this line around 75 years, while the exercise group surpassed it much later in life. Building and maintaining strength through exercise significantly delays dependency, helping individuals stay healthy, active, and independent for a longer duration. 

Strategies for Strengthening Your "Strength" Retirement Account

  • Engage in consistent strength-building exercises before and during retirement.
  • Even if already retired, it’s never too late to start. Strength training can still enhance muscle mass and vitality.
  • Aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week, with 2-3 sessions dedicated to strength training, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

If you want to maintain the ability to do the things you love! At Natural Fit Therapy, we have a highly individualized – Independent Fitness Program, designed just for you by your therapist! Please Call 512-730-0231 and schedule a FREE Discovery Session 

At Natural Fit Therapy, our mission is to help you stay healthy, active, and independent without relying on pain medications, injections, or surgeries.
Call 512-730-0231 for a FREE Discovery Session.

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Dr. Ryan Seifert

Natural Fit Physical Therapy

"We Help Adults 50+ Become More Active, Stay Healthy, And Avoid Slowing Down Without Pain Pills, Injections, Or Surgery."

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