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Nov 19, 2020

If we’ve learned anything over the course of 2020, it’s that health needs to be a priority for all of us. The focus goes beyond the pandemic, which is obviously at the forefront right now.

But mental health issues have risen through the year and the usual causes of death are still as prevalent as they always are. It’s great to see that more and more people are paying attention to their health because it plays a huge part in your finances and retirement.

On this episode of My Smart Retirement, Sean and Nancy will talk about the role health plays in our lives. This topic isn’t one that we’ve spent a lot of time on the show but we want to change that because there’s no retirement to enjoy without good health. We feel retirement is about being relaxed and enjoying life and it all starts with taking care of your body and your mind.

Over the course of the show, we’ll talk about a few different areas of health in retirement, beginning with nutrition. It’s easy to look at the cost of eating healthy and the time it takes to cook nutritious meals, but think about how much it could save you over the course of your life in healthcare bills.

Then you have to talk about exercise as the next piece of the process. People can become complacent in retirement and lose the drive to stay active without a job to go to every day. Exercise doesn’t have to be over the top either. It can be an hour walk each day or gardening or even Pickleball. As long as you stay consistent and active, it will pay dividends over time.

We’ll also talk more about life insurance and the role it plays in a plan. Decisions will be impacted by your health, as will your options, so this is something else to think about when taking care of yourself.

Health should always be a priority but it’s easy to overlook when life gets busy. Hopefully this episode will help you refocus and remember what’s important.

Use the timestamps below to hear a specific segment.

0:32 – Health issues are at the forefront right now.  

3:26 – What’s the cost of not getting correct nutrition?

6:27 – Other leading causes of death  

8:04 – Along with nutrition, pay attention to exercise  

10:27 – Retirement is about being relaxed and living a long life.

12:42 – Life insurance   

15:30 – Ways to have a healthier, longer life

17:40 – Stress management


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