You might say that money isn’t everything, but if you don’t have it, it’s right up there with oxygen. Medical research tells us that financial distress is the number one cause for ill health. This is an alarming fact! Did you know that all major diseases are associated with stress, and that having money problems is the biggest contributor to stress?
Stress is a silent killer and the root cause to gaining unwanted, excess weight. Money and health work hand in hand. Let’s face it: when we are under stress, healthy eating habits are hard to maintain. You may eat to your fill and grab fast food because you’ve got no time to waste.
A stressful lifestyle is rarely a healthy one!Cortisol is a critical hormone also known as the “stress hormone.” Excess amounts of cortisol not only result in general weight gain, but also weight gain in specific areas such as your tummy. We should certainly be more conscious of what stresses us out from now on!
So, does healthy living really cost more?
It certainly can. Organic foods, fresh produce, gym memberships, personal trainers, sports teams, and having the right equipment and gear can all become expensive. But you might want to ask yourself, is being sick more expensive than living healthy? The answer is yes!
Health certainly needs to be a big feature on your expenses list. Good planning makes these expenses do-able. There are many stores offering healthy choices. You may want to shop around to find where you can get the best deals.
Suze Orman, an internationally acclaimed personal finance guru, says: “In most cases, your health goes down the drain when you have wealth problems. You don’t go to a doctor because you don’t have the money. You don’t eat the right food because you don’t have money. You worry all the time because you don’t have money. Your blood pressure is high because you don’t have money, and on and on. This is why your health must be your priority. Your health is the number one important thing in your life.”
Financial comfort means reduced stress. It means we can focus on what it takes to be healthy, and these things are having a clear mind, time to exercise, keeping active, and eating well.
Financial comfort means you are able to live a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle benefits not only your body and mind, but your spirit as well. Moderate exercise, nutritious food, good hygiene and adequate sleep are the basic ingredients for a healthy body.
“I’d rather have my health than all the money in the world.” How often have your heard people say that? But in reality, health and wealth is not an “either/or”, it’s an “and/and” – wealthy people are generally healthier and live longer than poor people. If you want to take care of your health, you need to take care of your wealth and if you take care of your health you are taking care of your wealth.
So what has wealth got to do with health? A LOT!
See you at the gym!