Health & Wellness

What is your ‘WHY’ for keeping healthy as you age?

July 17, 2019
What is your ‘WHY’ for keeping healthy as you age?

A couple of weeks ago, I read that 11 million Australians have a chronic illness, some which could be preventable by living a healthier and active lifestyle. That is 50% of the nation!

We all need to know ‘WHY’ we are doing something if we want to keep moving forward and achieving our goals. WE CAN ALL MAKE EXCUSES as to WHY WE CAN’T OR WON’T do something but can you really ignore your health and well being?

We only have one body to last us a lifetime and I know that I want and need to keep healthy and active for several reasons. 

My ‘Why’ for wanting to live a healthier lifestyle

  • I want to be independent as I get older rather than relying on others
  • I want to be able to keep up with my grandchildren
  • I want to be able to carry out daily tasks or walk up stairs without huffing and puffing
  • I want to protect my body from osteoporosis and risks of falls and injury by keeping it strong through regular strength training and exercise.
  • I want to lower the risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimers .
  • I want to be able to travel and enjoy my ‘Third Age’ of life with my husband.

So many reasons to live healthy and active lifestyles.  Can you add to the list?

What is your ‘WHY’ for keeping healthy as you age?

Here are two links to articles I found this week that might help you decide:

Exercise boosts longevity in middle and old age, regardless of previous activity levels, study finds

These 12 Exercises Will Help You Reap the Health Benefits of Good Posture

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Erica/Erika July 17, 2019 at 03:48

    Hi Sue, I listen to various podcasts and the concept of “why” is often brought up lately to help us stay motivated. I agree with your list. About ten years ago I heard the term “functional fitness.” I think your third point on “daily tasks” fits in here. A great reminder:)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:15

      Functional fitness – I love that term Erica and yes, it is all about keeping fit as we age just to be able to live independently and cope with daily tasks. have a beautiful week my friend. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins July 17, 2019 at 04:26

    Hi Sue,
    Staying active and eating healthily are key to remaining independent and strong. I can ditto each of your reasons for pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Most chronic diseases are diseases of lifestyle and are, to a great extent, preventable. Our Western diet and sedentary lifestyle are huge contributing factors to the health epidemics we are seeing.
    But, you have to WANT to be healthy…you need to have a WHY. I love your “whys”.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:16

      I totally agree Nancy. If we don’t WANT anything enough you won’t do it Knowing the reason WHY though can help keep us motivated. You certainly are living your WHY and enjoying a fit and active lifestyle which is always inspiring. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt July 17, 2019 at 07:26

    Simple wishes as to why we want to he healthier, Sue! Your list works for me, too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:19

      Things don’t have to be complicated do they, Terri? x

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 17, 2019 at 08:15

    A great list Sue! I think it’s very important to look at the whys and it will keep us on track for the future.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:12

      Thanks Deb, we think alike in regards to many things including our health and well being. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 17, 2019 at 08:21

    Obviously, with my whole excess baggage thing this is something I’m thinking about; not just my why to get healthy again, but the why I put it on in the first place – and that’s much more complicated and head spacey. Sure I say that the list above is why I want to get healthy but it’s actually not why I get up at 5.30 and pull the trainers on in the dark or stick to one slice of toast with my egg when I really want 2 – and when I want those slathered with butter. Nope, my why is selfish and it’s vain. I want to look better. Sure, I want to stay medication free, but mostly I want to look better and travel lighter. The health benefits are absolutely important to me, but they’re not my motivation. Not at the moment, anyway.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:11

      There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good, Jo. I’m the same as are many others. Feeling good about the way we look builds our self-confidence and self-esteem and then we can move onto to making things happen in our lives. If we don’t love ourselves we can change that and to me that is the basis for achieving anything – self-belief needs to be there first. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 17, 2019 at 08:29

    Interestingly I just asked my husband this question and for him it’s health. He’s currently the lightest he’s been in over 20 years because of a diabetes scare about 4 years ago. We switched to low GI alternatives back then (I was already eating that way) and he has been steadily losing weight but more importantly has kept his diabetes under control. Plus he no longer has stress & these days walks with me each day. I think once I get my weight down, health benefits and mobility would be the reason for keeping me there, but it’s not my motivation now.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:09

      So good to hear that your husband is healthier and keeping his diabetes under control. Stress plays such an important role in many of our illnesses. He must be feeling so good about himself and within himself. We all have our different motivations, Jo. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly July 17, 2019 at 14:05

    Hi, Sue – Your “why’s are very similar to mine. They are very motivating!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2019 at 08:02

      I’m sure we have many things in common Donna and can’t wait to chat IRL. Almost at countdown time. x

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