Living for the Long Run

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy

Our society has made it very easy to expect everything now.

Instant gratification. Immediate rewards. Short-term success. These are some of the philosophies popular today. In other words: I want it all, and I want it now!  

While that sounds great, many times we sacrifice our health, relationships and long-term security to accomplish the quick fix.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. You either pay now or pay later. Most times, it’s more costly after the fact. It literally can be a life-or-death choice.

The great rock band The Eagles follow-up album to Hotel California was entitled The Long Run. Obviously, they had longevity on their mind. Tragically, lead singer Glen Frey died in his mid-60s because of the decadent lifestyle he led during the band’s glory days. This is only one of many cautionary tales we see all the time.

With that in mind, I encourage you to seek ways to enjoy the present without sacrificing your future. Like most things in life, it takes focus and discipline. With the right mindset, you can do both.

Let’s look at the foundation of health and wellness. Eat clean, natural food, drink lots of water and stay active. Sounds simple, but the cards are stacked against us. Our food supply is dominated with processed foods and drink. We are always on the go and have little time for ourselves. Not a good way to live for the long run.

Always ask yourself, what are the long-term effects on your body, mind and spirit by today’s actions? How can you enjoy today without sacrificing your long-term well- being?  

Here are a few tips you can use: 

  • Stay physically and mentally active.
  • Eat whole foods and fruits and veggies.
  • Stay hydrated with water and natural drinks.
  • Equate short-term sacrifice as a benefit.

By implementing these lifestyle changes, you will feel better and have more energy and a better quality of life.