When I entered my 40s I finally started earnestly putting money towards retirement savings. Do you think I should have started earlier? Yeah probably!
It’s never too late to start and I’m doing it now.
Back when I was a seasoned yoga teacher, hitting a ceiling in my scope of practice and seeing the limits of career sustainability, I thought about going back to school for physical therapy. The prerequisites required to apply for school (let alone the 3 year clinical doctorate program) were daunting.
After dragging my feet for 5 years I came to a sudden realization: Had I started immediately when first interest struck, I would be a PT by now. That was the day I enrolled at community college to begin. I didn’t want another 5 years to go by, only to see how I could have become a PT twice over in that time.
Again, it’s never too late to DO IT NOW.
In my physical therapy and movement coaching business I meet people every day who express that they wish they’d started earlier getting strong and fit.
- The recreational field athlete or runner who didn’t train appropriately in the offseason and is now grappling with an injury from going too hard too rapidly.
- Someone who was athletic in their youth fighting to “get it back” after decades of deconditioning. We all know maintenance is easier, but hey, life!
- A slip and fall resulting in a hospital stay and rapid decline in strength and endurance capacity. In my acute care PT rotations, I’ve seen firsthand what even a few days hospital stay can do. The people who come in with an already high level of strength and conditioning fare much, much better than those without.
- The 60-something yoga practitioner who was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis.
- An aging couple planning a bucket list overseas trip and wondering if they’ll be able handle all the walking.
I could go on.
No age is too early or too late to begin pursuing consistent, quality of life enhancing, independence sustaining fitness. Truly, it is “money in the bank.” A reserve for periods of injury, disease, or the deconditioning that can occur during life’s unpredictable and inevitable twists, turns, and distractions.
A lot of people I talk to think physical therapy is only for after sustaining a serious injury or surgery. Did you know that you can get help from a physical therapist BEFORE a minor irritation becomes a bigger problem? It’s true!
Wouldn’t you rather start now?
- Build your capacity to bounce back quicker and more completely
- Potentially avoid surgery
- Feel better, more capable, and more confident NOW, while also sustaining independence to do all the things you want to do in life LATER
I think that sounds like a pretty solid investment plan.
Are you ready to start investing in yourself today? Hit me up.
If we’re already working together in some capacity, please reply and let me know more about your life goals.
If you’re not sure how to get started, CLICK HERE to schedule a 15 minute discovery call. Share your observations and goals. Ask questions. Find out if working with me for physical therapy or one-on-one movement coaching feels like a good fit.