Local view: Make a date for talk on improving your healthI hate exercise. I think it’s because I used to do so much of it. Before Nike and way before Lycra bodysuits I was the kid sprinting home from school. Not jogging, not running — sprinting.
By: Patrick Francisco, for the News Tribune
I hate exercise. I think it’s because I used to do so much of it. Before Nike and way before Lycra bodysuits I was the kid sprinting home from school. Not jogging, not running — sprinting. Then I would pump iron. Only it was lifting cement blocks. We didn’t have weights. A lot of my friends were greasin’ their hair and rolling cigarette packs in their T-shirt sleeves back then. My buddies were cool — John Travolta cool. I wasn’t so much. But I was in shape.
Fast forward past working in the steel mill, college, the Army, raising a family and running a business, and now I’m not doing much sprinting, and I’m not interested in lifting much of anything. And I’m still not John Travolta cool.
So when my friend gave me Chris Crowley’s New York Times best-selling book, “Younger Next Year,” it couldn’t have come at a better time. The essence of the book is that “aging is inevitable, but rotting is optional,” and about 70 percent of what we popularly call aging is really just being out of shape.
In my work as a financial adviser, I have seen many friends and clients work hard and plan for retirement financially but ignore their health. I’m no poster child for health myself, but Crowley’s book gave me hope. I thought if it gave me hope maybe it could do the same for my clients, my loved ones and my community.
Thanks to good sponsors who care about their employees and the greater community, Chris Crowley is coming to Duluth this week. New York has embraced him; Los Angeles has embraced him. Now we get to listen to him and decide whether he makes sense for us and whether his message can make a difference to us and to the people we love.
So here’s my thought for you for this Thursday night: It’s “date night.” Not mushy-candlelight-and-wine “date night,” but honest-to-goodness I-value-you “date night.” Something like, “Hey, friends, you’re important to me; let’s go see Crowley together,” or, “Hey, Mom and Dad, I want you to be able to play with your grandkids; let’s go hear that guy talk,” or, “Hey, sweetheart, I want to hang out with you for a long time; grab your coat and let’s find out how to become younger next year!”
Patrick Francisco of Duluth has worked more than 25 years in the financial-services industry.