Updated: Jun 30, 2021
“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.”
How old do you think you will be when you die? Do you think you will live to the current average life expectancy? Those may seem like odd questions, but we need to consider them as we live our lives now. Our days are numbered by God and although we do not know how many days we have left, we need to be good stewards of the health we have.
Intriguing Stats Thankfully, the life expectancy has increased from the beginning of the twentieth century when it was less than 50 years for men. The current life expectancy in the U.S. is 79.6 years - 77.1 (men); 81.9 (women).
Don't Ignore Your Health
The difference between men and women is largely due to lifestyle behaviors, not biology. As men, we do not take care of ourselves as we should. To be honest, we often ignore obvious signs and symptoms of chronic disease until it is too late. In fact, seventy percent of Americans die from preventable chronic disease.
So, are you a good steward of the health that God has given you? I know we hear admonitions all the time to eat right and exercise but are we really serious about our health? Let me encourage you to just simply be active.
Do Your Own Thing
Many of us grew up in a time where exercise was promoted by steroid charged meatheads or Richard Simmons…and we really didn’t want to look like either of those caricatures of exercise.
Make an Effort
You don’t have to do an enormous amount, just do something! Thirty minutes of moderate activity – five times a week will glean tremendous benefits if you are not currently active. Please make a conscious effort to work on your personal fitness. You will likely be adding years to your life!