After all, without that, any money you make/earn/put away/invest won’t mean diddly. This month’s Money Magazine had a great article on investing in your health and how it is the best investment you can possibly make. And let me tell you first hand that although you may think you are healthy, things sneak up on you, so it’s best to always be on the lookout for problems. So what did they have to offer as advice in the article?
1. Spot any problems early. Have regular tests and physicals done – body mass index, blood pressure, pap smears. Also, have a dermatologist check you for “bad” moles every 6 months (that’s my advice).
2. Take your medicine. – If you are on prescription medicine, make sure you never forget to take it – the consequences could be deadly. I have finally gotten off any and all medicine and only take vitamins, but when I was taking a prescription I put the bottle next to my cereal for the mornings.
3. Floss your teeth. I myself have to get better at this, but did you know that by avoiding flossing you increase your risk for heart disease? People with gum disease have been shown to have 21% higher healthcare costs – there must be something to it.
4. Get more sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity…and it leads to faster aging. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day – it will make you feel better.
5. Go for a walk. Every night after dinner my wife and I head out the door for at least a half hour walk, if not more. Helps us digest our dinner, gets our hearts racing (since I sit at the computer all day, this is very important), and helps keep weight gain down. Plus, it gives us time away from the TV and the phone to just “be”. I look forward to it every day.
What would you add to this list? Like I said earlier, if you don’t have your health, what use is making piles of money? It could be the most important thing you spend money on!