So how’s that New Year’s resolution on your health going? Not so smooth I guess. Investments are risky. People invest in stocks, real estate, savings, and mutual funds with the mindset of hitting the jackpot. However, they ignore the most important one: Health. Health is wealth, and investing in a healthy lifestyle can save you lots of money in the long run. A healthy lifestyle sounds expensive, but it is not. In fact, with the right effort and practices, the rewards are a long and happy life. You have to invest in your health with care just like those stocks, and focus on the returns.
Before you take a bite out of that hamburger, think of yourself in the next ten years. Would you still be able to run those miles, would that beautiful dress fit, do you want to look younger than your age?
Just hold on a bit, you can’t just dive in. You must educate yourself on good healthy behaviors and a healthy lifestyle. You need to have the right information about what your body needs. For instance, in business, before you invest, you have to research the best ways to go about it.
What nutrients does your body need? How can you fit exercise into your daily routine? Are you getting enough rest? These are some of the questions you need to ask before moving forward. However, you should make use of credible sources as there are lots of wrong information on the internet.
Why don’t you take that step today, In this article, we’ll be looking at 10 budget-friendly ways you can invest in your health.
No Sweat, No Gain
Get moving and stop sitting on that couch for eight or more hours per day. Regular exercise is a great way to keep the body in good condition and maintain a healthy weight. It has a lot of physical and mental health benefits.
Time can be a tough constraint as you get to joggle various activities. At first glance at your schedule, school work, sports, hanging out with friends, part-time or full-time jobs, and also finding time to exercise may seem like a lot. But, it isn’t.
You can find ways to turn normal boring everyday activities into a fun exercise. Say no to the elevator and take the stairs, handle chores at home regularly, walk to school instead of taking the bus, and so on.
You can join a gym and workout regularly but that can be expensive. Thanks to technology, numerous apps will help you exercise and also track your progress.
Have you checked online for free fitness videos? You’ll find loads for you to pick from. Another great way to exercise is that you can try running or walking. Get yourself a pair of comfortable running shoes, there are brands you can get without breaking your bank. The park is a great place to run or walk, just don’t’ forget your jogging playlist.
Slow down on the Junk foods
Big sized burger, French fries with hot cheese oozing out of it, and that cold soft drink. It sure does look mouthwatering. The regular habit of going to the drive-thru to get hamburgers or ordering that big sized pizza may seem normal, but your body is surely taking a beating.
These foods have little nutritional value and are loaded with lots of carbs, thereby increasing your blood sugar. As time goes on, this increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Quitting junk foods is a gradual and hard process. However, the goal here is a healthy body. I have seen this approach work out well; you can have junk food (cheat meals) once in a while when you follow a healthy lifestyle. Do you work out regularly? How much alcohol do you take or do you smoke? Are you following a healthy diet plan with lots of fruits, vegetables, and water? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before you order junk food.
Learn to deal with the stress
Stress is unavoidable. In the society we live in, it is easy for your thoughts to be occupied with jobs, rent, school, family drama, and so on. We all handle stress differently.
However, that doesn’t mean you should succumb to the stress. Feeling stressed out all the time can lead to anxiety, depression, and insomnia. You need to invest in your mental health which is also as important as your physical health. In other words, it will help you stay calm and focused in these situations.
You can practice meditation, yoga, or even go to the spa. You can go out with friends to fun places, read a book, watch movies, or listen to music. Laughter most times is the best medicine; just do fun things that take your mind away from the stress.
Put down your phone and go get some sleep, you can always finish ‘How to get away with murder’ during the day.
People often forget how important sleep is as a vital process for the body to function well. Chances are you’ve pulled an all-nighter, whether to study for an exam, play call of duty, finish an article, or watch movies. More and more people are turning to coffee to help them stay awake.
Effects of sleep deprivation include lack of concentration, Increased anxiety, Mood swings, drowsiness, and even insomnia. Nothing beats a good night sleep, You should aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You can turn off the lights if it makes you sleep better or invest in the right bedding.
Don’t forget your teeth
Those pearly whites can make your smile more welcoming. However, daily habits like smoking, acidic foods, coffee, using the teeth as a tool, can negatively impact your oral health.
Good Oral hygiene is more than just brushing your teeth; it can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Besides, you also get to keep your teeth as you get older, unless you’re a fan of dentures. An unhealthy mouth will chase people away. It can also increase your risk of health problems like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
Apart from friends staying away, the relationship between your oral health and overall health is a very good reason to take care of your mouth. To invest in your oral health, you need to start from brushing twice daily and floss. Don’t forget to visit your dentist on time. Smile, you’re investing in the future.
Drink more water
Do you have a water bottle? It’s time you invest in one.
Water isn’t your enemy so drink up. Water is important to live. Our body consists of around 60 percent of water which is vital for bodily functions. Drinking enough water should be at the top of our daily activities.
Sadly, many people do not consume enough water each day. I know you’re a fan of carbonated soft drinks. Yes, we all have our favorite choice. But, do you know the huge health hazards associated with these drinks: obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Drinking enough water daily prevents dehydration and headaches, maintains your body’s fluid balance, and helps brain function. Besides, it can also help you with weight loss. Now is the time to develop the habit of drinking more water and invest in your health
Abusing Drugs is a No-No
Say no to drugs. We’ve been hearing this message since we were kids.
However, drug and substance abuse does not sound foreign anymore. Youths and older individuals are now into drugs for various reasons: fear of not fitting into a social group, the short feeling of pleasure, stimulants to get a competitive edge, and some seek new experiences and a short escape from their life issues.
The abuse of drugs is now a global issue, we hear of substances like cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, and so on. These cause lasting damages ranging from neurological issues, kidney and liver damages, respiratory problems. Besides it also affects the users’ personal life and performance.
You may have picked up this habit from home or peer groups. Now is the time to admit you have a problem. It’s not the end of the road, there’s help out there. Rehabilitation facilities can go a long way to stop drug addiction. Gradually, you’ll get to feel better and healthier.
That beautiful skin and fit body won’t just appear as a miracle. In other words, it’s your ‘ROI’ (Return on Investment).
Healthy eating is important, as it helps your growth and development. You should evaluate your diet and eat what is right for you. Meals and cuisine at 5-star restaurants may cost you a fortune and will bore holes in your pocket.
You should incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein sources, and whole grains into your daily diet. You stand to gain a lot from a healthy diet; it improves vision, skin, digestion, helps with weight loss, and reduces risk to heart disease. You can invest in your health from today by creating a healthy meal plan.
Nowadays, some apps can help you eat right and spend less, drink more water, and even monitor your calorie intake. It’s time to start planning your meal so you can get the right nutrients and also reduce costs. It is cheaper and healthier when you make your meals at home. You are in control of how much sugar, salt, and calories are present in your meal.
Abstain or Practice safe sex
No one wants to get sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or unwanted pregnancy. They come with burdens, huge costs, and complications. STDs cause harmful and costly clinical complications.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV & AIDS are some of the diseases you are at risk of getting with unprotected sex.
Why not save some money? The truth is that these diseases are preventable. Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to avoid getting a sexually transmitted disease (STDs) or unwanted pregnancy. It is safe and free but we all know how hard it is to sometimes avoid sex.
If you must have sex though, always use condoms to avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancy. Contraceptives can help with unwanted pregnancy but they don’t prevent STDs.
The trip to the hospital can be tiring. Lots of patients wait in line to see the doctor. This can take a lot of time. But, it is still important to visit the doctor, as well as your dentist for regular checkups. Prevention is better than cure.
Regular checkups can reveal some underlying health issues that can be treated or cured in time. Preventive care can detect disease and save you lots of money in the future.
Doctors will advise you on how to improve your health, healthy lifestyle choices, and diet. You may feel this is will come at a cost, but don’t just focus on the present, look at the future. Prevention is better than cure
There are even more ways to invest in your health. You should set health goals and never forget to work towards them. Little actions today can yield big returns in the future. Follow these steps and many more and you’re well on your way to a healthy, wealthy, and happy life.
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