Health is Wealth! by Siddiqu Muhammad
There has been a direct correlation within every study between how much people make and how healthy they are. The lower someone is below the poverty line the more likely they are to have obesity related diseases. The higher income a person makes the more likely they are to have longevity in life. There are 3 key reasons that you cannot have health without wealt.
- You are what you eat: We have all heard this saying before, but this statement is really true. The famous Stanford University “marshmallow study” found that young children who were able to resist eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes, on the promise of being rewarded with two marshmallows, later scored an average of 210 points higher on their SAT tests than kids who couldn’t wait. When you eat fast, you think fast, you move fast, and to obtain wealth one needs planning, restraint and discipline. People who lack discipline will pretty much eat anything, anytime and those same individuals will have a difficult time thinking about 25 years down the road. Building wealthy takes time and so does eating and living healthy.
- Health care cost: Doctor visits are expensive with or without insurance. Poor people eat bad foods and those bad foods lead to a more disease filled body. That body can’t perform regular functions and needs more rest. The more rest a person needs the less work they can do and then the health care bills start piling up. According to a 2012 study by Cornell University’s John Cawley and Lehigh University’s Chad Meyerhoefer, obesity-related illness costs the U.S. nearly $200 billion annually, or 21 percent of our medical spending. A study published in The American Journal of Medicine in 2012 stated that more than 62 percent of U.S. bankruptcies in 2007 were attributable to medical problems and were part of a troubling trend. Money has to be invested to obtain wealth and if a person is spending money on medicine then that is money they could use to invest in their future.
- Product of your environment: Wealth is a mindset! 44% of lottery winners will have spent their entire winnings within 5 years. A lottery winner didn’t earn the money they have so they have no real appreciation for it. If a person lives in a household where people are over eating fast, greasy foods then they will believe that is the way they should eat. I can’t tell you how many times I have a client that says, “This is how my mother ate, or my grandmother ate.” That statement goes hand and hand with wealth. The average person will take on the spending and saving habits of their parents. To break a chain of poverty takes the same restraint to break a chain of heart attacks prior to age 55. The environment molds the physical and mental health of every person. Gandhi once opined that, “It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” What Gandhi foresee was that they would different sides of the same coin.
Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer” is a CPT, motivational speaker, author of How Are You Fat and Saved?! He is also the Co-creator of the exercise series “You Would Think I Invented Sweat” for booking information or more fitness tips visit www.chicagofit4life.com
Invest in your Health and it will pay off!
Invest in food. Assumptions are often made that eating healthier costs more. While there was a study recently done that showed that having a healthy diet cost about $1.50 more per day than an unhealthy one the reality is there are many ways you can cut cost and still eat healthy. Healthy doesn’t mean organic only. By simply preparing your own food you are eating a more nutritious and balanced meal. And although specialty health products can be a little costly, just simply buying fresh food to be prepared at home can cost you 40% less per meal than your average fast food carry out. Not to mention the true costs to your body: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity – that leads to higher medical spending. So eating health will SAVE you in the long run. Speaking of running….
Invest in your fitness. The beauty of exercise is that it actually costs you nothing! Sure you may want to buy a new workout outfit, nice running shoes and a gym membership but the reality is exercise is just one step away from where you are now! There are many ways to incorporate fitness into your everyday lifestyle at no cost…go for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break, do squats at your desk, lunges on your stairs at home or just jog in place! There is no excuse for anyone not to exercise anymore because the reality is all you really need is You!
Invest your time. This is the most important investment you need to do with your health. Most people blame their lack of fitness dedication to a lack of time but the reality is we make time for what we think is important. You have 1440 minutes in every day – you can spare 30 of them to keeping your body active and healthy. And unlike most things we do with our time, this one has a HUGE benefit. A study published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine estimated an increase life expectancy of 7.2 years for normal weight people who exercised for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Talk about a return on investment!