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Invest in Your Health Right Now

Have you made the best investment of your life yet? No matter your age or what shape you are in, investing in your health is one of the most important investments you can make. After all, your body will be around a lot longer than that fancy car, expensive handbag, or the coolest new technology.

Here’s the thing about being healthy – it isn’t always the cheapest option. Choosing to cook a nutritious dinner for yourself will usually cost more than a drive-through burger. Paying for a gym membership will cost more than, well, not paying for a gym membership.

What you may not realize is that spending cash now to be healthy can end up saving you a lot of money down the road. Instead of taking medicine later, start taking care of your body now.

The true cost of an unhealthy lifestyle, is years taken off of your life. In fact, studies have shown that a poor diet and lack of exercise can reduce our lifespan by as much as twenty-three years. People who develop conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some types of cancer are cutting their life short by decades. It is estimated that around eighty percent of these cases could be prevented by simply maintaining a healthy weight, exercising daily, making healthy food choices, and not abusing alcohol and tobacco.

If you’re carrying around excess weight, and you have no energy, you’re going to feel like crap! If you don’t feel well, how can you expect to get the most out of life?

It’s so easy to tell yourself that you’ll start tomorrow, next week, or next month.
However, there are no guarantees in life! Here are a few ways to invest in your health now:

1. Invest in good food

Food is fuel for your body. It has a direct impact on how you feel as well as on your overall health. In this day and age, the list of bad foods is longer than good foods. Bad food is everywhere, it’s easily accessible, and it is almost impossible to ignore unless you are highly
disciplined. The problem is bad food tastes good and it’s cheap. On the down side, it’s highly processed and contains large amounts of added sugar, carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and salt (sodium).

2. Get yourself tested

 Most of the diseases nowadays are due to lifestyle and are not hereditary. Meaning, the food that you eat and drink in addition to other unhealthy habits can have an impact on your health in the coming years. The causes of diseases may vary, but a healthy diet and active lifestyle are a huge factor. Get all your tests done. Cholesterol, sugar levels, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein etc. Find out what is insufficient and deficient in your body and build a custom plan for what your body needs.

3. Don’t be ignorant

 Get educated! Once you know where your health stands you can start investing in your health. Invest time in educating yourself about various foods and exercise
programs that will be beneficial to your body, mind and soul.

4. Get a good night’s rest

 People sleep best when they go to bed and rise at or around the same time each day. It’s amazing how good we can feel after a good night’s rest. Our bodies build new cells and has the ability to heal itself in many ways.

5. Invest in a gym membership

Physical inactivity has been consistently associated with an increased risk of premature death. It is also associated with a greater risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. I’m sure you’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Even if your job requires you to be at a desk for hours at a time, make a point to get up and move around. Our bodies are designed to move!

6. Preventive care

If you invest in your health today, you are fighting and preventing future diseases. Prevention in this case requires a health routine like exercise, a healthy diet, an adequate amount of sleep, decreased stress levels, and regular health check-ups.

7. Invest in mental and spiritual health

 Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Make time each day to focus on things that make you happier and healthier.

8. Build and maintain relationships

 Make time for friends. It’s good for your health! Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and provide the much-needed companionship that is essential for our overall well-being.

9. Learn to manage stress

 These days, stress is a part of our everyday lives. Excess stress is harmful to our health. Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you (such as work, school or relationships) exceed your ability to cope. An extreme amount of stress can result in a variety of health consequences and take a severe emotional toll. Find balance in both your personal and work life.

10. Exercise

Exercise benefits your mind and your body. Even a twenty-minute walk, run, or swim can result in an immediate effect that can last for several hours.

In Conclusion:

There is no better investment than in your health! Being an active participant in your health maximizes your chances of living a long, healthy, and productive life.

Good health is the greatest blessing of life. Act. Don’t sit there waiting. If you want to change your eating habits, do something about it. Go to the grocery store. Go organic. Cook your food. Prepare meals for work. Quit smoking and alcohol abuse. If you want to be fit. Join a gym. Walk with a friend on your lunch break. Find a workout partner that will help keep you motivated. Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one. Invest in your health now.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

Jennifer Nastasi Guzelak
I have been a personal trainer for over seventeen years and I absolutely love what I do. I honestly feel that I have one of the best jobs out there! The most rewarding part of my profession is helping one of my clients succeed at reaching their personal fitness goals. Making a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile. I am currently certified by the National Sports Conditioning Association, Apex Fitness Group, and the International Sports Science Association.