Quite an amazing email came in yesterday in response to Friday’s post on learning to love the weight machines. One of the 10 reasons that post gave for weight-training was the “buffer” the training helps create in case of health calamities that may drastically deplete our strength in the future. One reader memorably responded, in part:
At my 50th birthday physical exam my doctor told me to “lose weight and get 5 days of vigorous exercise per week”. I did what I was told. 2 years later I was waiting to make a left turn and a distracted driver traveling at 40+ mph slammed into the rear of my car. I suffered a major brain injury and almost died. My doctors told me that my being in great physical & mental health due to my previous strength training saved my life. On January 1, 2013 I will go back to the gym to pick up where I left off (currently I receive medical therapy).
The message of your article needs repeating. While most of us work out for vanity, having the ability to cope with a physical/mental health crisis is the true benefit of strength training.
Good health is the cornerstone of living a great life. Due to my well-thought-out financial planning I bought additional health insurance and I have always placed money into savings (along with making safe & sane investments), so I have been able to cope with the financial loss of my life-changing medical crisis. While I may never work again due to my new disability, at least I won’t be a burden to my wife or the taxpayers as I was physically and financially well prepared.
The reader said he’d like his message to be spread more broadly, and I’m honored to try. I’ll also be rooting for him with every pom-pom when he heads back in to the gym next month…