Two Degrees From The Nursing Home

A lot of us underestimate how fragile we really are.

I’ve been guilty of this my entire life.

It’s because there is an entire society of sick people that are hidden from us. People who have been tucked away and isolated from the rest of the world. Unless they’re your family member or you work in the medical field, you have no idea they exist.

These are people who will spend every last day of their life in and out of hospitals. Ambulances are the only ride they’ll ever take again. And when they aren’t going back and forth from invasive medical appointments, their time is spent napping in their nursing home bed along side a perfect stranger.

And I’m not just talking about “old people”.

I had my eyes opened up really wide a few years ago when I took my first job with an ambulance service.

This ambulance service didn’t do a lot of emergency calls. We mainly took sick people from facility to facility and back again.

Many of our patients could be considered old. Many of them would not be. Many of them were young adults, some were kids.

And every facility in Dallas was filled with them. If I didn’t work on the ambulance, I’d have never known it.

This job on the ambulance was a great lesson for me.

As you can imagine, I’ve never taken fitness very lightly. But boy, did I ever take my mortality for a joke.

I don’t work on the ambulance anymore. Working in fitness full time, coaching clients both in person and online means I’m on the front end of that whole process.

Ideally, we’re preventing some people from prematurely entering this non-stop cycle of procedures and hospital visits.

It’s a lot more fun to think of exercise and nutrition as a gateway to lean abs, round butts and muscular arms.

To be frank, it’s a lot more motivating for most of us too.

And I’m not here to ‘recommend’ a goal to anyone. Goals are deeply personal.

But I do urge you to consider your mortality. Consider how fragile good health really is.

And realize that, while you may not have all the control over your future, you have the ability to greatly influence the rest of your life, and the quality of your years.

Plus, you have the ability to have lean abs, a round butt and muscular arms while you’re at it.

And that’s a nice touch.

Mitch Heaslip

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