There are plenty of reasons to take care of yourself as you age. There are also plenty of reasons to ignore your health and let your life spiral into decay and death. Yes, that escalated quickly.
Time is going to pass either way, but your enjoyment of that time is directly related to how much you value your own life. It's easy and relatively cheap to devalue yourself.
You can spend $5/day on fast food and kill yourself that way. You can neglect your own daily maintenance and wind up with extra dental or medical bills. You can ignore your mental health and eventually lose out on jobs and relationships.
There are lots of ways to kill yourself. It doesn't just mean overdosing or buying a razor or loading a gun. For those of us who struggle with sugar addiction, the simplest way we devalue our own lives is to continue poisoning ourselves with sugar.
Sugar is literally the devil for those of us who react negatively to carbohydrates. Carbs increase inflammation which causes joint aches and pains. Carbs increase our cravings for even more carbs which causes uncontrollable overeating. Carbs deregulate our blood sugar and can send us into the diabetic zone where medication is seemingly the only answer.
It's not the only answer, though. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of eating ketogenically, but it's a game-changer. It requires less than 20g of ingested carbs per day. Once you get past the cravings and essentially detox from carbs, it's not difficult to maintain. I'd say the mental changes are the most difficult to deal with.
When you don't have to spend time and energy obsessing about food, your mind has the ability to think about anything else it wants. You can do anything else you want. But now you have to actually KNOW what you want. Otherwise, it's way too easy to pick up something to eat rather than something to do. I'm in that weird place now where the options have opened up to me and I am struggling with grabbing life by the cajones or sinking back into myself.
I'm not giving up, though. Not by a long shot. The Low-Carb Cruise is coming up in May and my goal is to be 30 lbs down by May 18th. I have 10.5 weeks and a powerful keto+kettlebells regimen that will help get me there. If I have to fill in the time with workouts, then that is what I'll do and I'll be all the better for it.
I've never been the type who works out just for kicks, but we shall see how it serves me in my quest for a new outlet. Stay tuned. :)