Improve your health, improve your wealth.
Well, maybe it isn’t that easy, but it’s easier to become wealthy if you keep your health. As many of you who regularly visit Squirrelers know, I’m a big believer in the notion that health, wealth, and relationships are interrelated. My post discussing the role of money in our life outlined the concept of how succeeding in one area of life can help enhance one’s prospects in another area of life. Health impacting wealth is an example of this.
Along those lines, here are 5 healthy habits that can lead to increased wealth:
- Sleeping More. It’s often a badge of honor for some people to burn the midnight oil, so to speak, and work late into the night. Well, this warrior mentality may show some determination, but perhaps it’s misplaced. I’ve done it before countless times, even recently, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that there’s a price to pay for doing that. We don’t get something for nothing. If you get proper rest, meaning enough sleep, you’ll likely be much more productive and creative when awake. Productive and creative equals better work, which could translate into more money. Late nights working might work in a bind, but are not a sustainable strategy. Try to avoid them. Yes, that includes you bloggers, too!
- Eat Well. The key thing that comes to mind here is avoiding the tradeoff of paying up front for food, or paying later. By this I mean that we can spend a little bit of money to buy fresh food, or we could spend less initially by purchasing low-cost processed or fast food. It’s not worth the savings. I’ve struggled with this over the years, but have finally understood this later in life. Cheap, junk meals will result in greater healthcare costs down the line. Plus, if health declines, working may become much more difficult or even impossible.
- Get Exercise. Get regular exercise, and it will be easier to stay in shape. Being in shape helps us have the endurance and energy to work effectively. Plus, much like with nutrition, if we have bad habits, we might also end up spending quite a bit on health care costs. Who wants that to happen?
- Avoid Vices. It goes without saying, but there are some things we just shouldn’t do, in consideration of our health. One is smoking. With all the overwhelming evidence against smoking, it’s truly beyond me how anybody can start smoking these days. I realize quitting can be incredibly difficult to do, but those who start smoking have very little excuse. Anyway, besides smoking, there are other vices that can be harmful to one’s health as well. A seemingly benign one that can impact health is the caffeine habit. I’ve detailed my efforts to give up caffeine here on Squirrelers, and have felt better since giving it up. Plus, it’s saved me money on coffee and diet sodas.
- Take Care of Your Teeth. This may seem a bit out of place, but I just got a root canal the other day, so dental health is on my mind:) All those diet sodas I drank in the past came back to haunt me. The root canal, taking into account all the steps involved, requires multiple appointments and fairly significant out-of-pocket costs. If we keep good dental habits (regular brushing, flossing, fluoride rinse), and avoid giving our teeth the phosphoric acid wash from sodas – or excess sugar for that matter – we’ll ultimately help our bank account. When you consider that dental health can impact heart health, it even further emphasizes the importance of taking care of teeth.
Ultimately, not everything comes down to money of course. Most of us want good health just for the sake of living a high quality long life. That said, by focusing on good healthy habits, we just might help ourselves financially as well.
My Questions for You:
Do you think you’ve saved yourself money by keeping healthy habits?
Are there some improvements that you can make in your approach to health that you think might also help you out financially?