Healthy & Strong For Life's Unexpected Events

My dad is in his early 60's. He's active about 5 days a week, doing both strength training and cardio activities that he loves.

He's not ripped, but he is healthy and strong (that's him below).


4 weeks ago he had a cardiac arrest that was caused by a bad heart valve that he was born with. This was completely out of his control. Lucky for him, he was in a place where they had a defibrillator (he was quickly revived and is doing well.)

Last Thursday, he had open heart surgery to replace the valve that caused the arrest.

When listening to my dad's physiotherapist in preparation for what to expect when rehabbing from surgery, she made it very clear how much easier he is going to have it due to the fact that he was HEALTHY & STRONG prior to this event.

Even while in the hospital waiting for surgery, he was able to get in about 10,000 steps a day. His ability to do this was because he was healthy before. Many people in his unit? Well, they are stuck in their beds for the majority of their stay. The mental health benefits of being able to walk around, is well worth being healthy.

His therapists expect that his recovery time will be quite a bit less then someone who is not active, and that he will also be able to do a whole lot more while recovering. Like being able to walk up stairs to his bedroom while at home.

Someone who is not relatively healthy? Would likely be restricted to the main floor of their house while recovering.
It's much easier to deal with life's unexpected events when we are strong and healthy.

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Maybe we roll our ankle while on a hike. Perhaps we get the flu, and are forced to be house bound for a few days.

Or in the case of my dad, we have a cardiac arrest and require surgery.

There will always be SOMETHING that throws us for a loop. It's just a part of life, and out of our control.

What is in our control, is how healthy we are, so that when something does come up, we are able to deal with the recovery much, much easier. Not just physically, but mentally as well.

So what does healthy look like? Here are a few guidelines that we can follow so that when something does happen, we can deal with it:

1.) Strength train 2-3X/week
2.) Some type of cardio activity 1-2X/week.
3.) Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
4.) Eat "healthy" 80% of the time.

That's about 3-5 hours of activity a week. Not much in the grand scheme of things.

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