Healthy vs Sickness
How much does being healthy cost us? Actually, not a lot! Unless…….. Unless we have made some poor choices in the past!
What do I mean by that? Well, as children, we don’t like vegetables, but love dessert! We’d rather eat a cake or a biscuit than an apple! Ask any parent and you have a 75% chance they will tell you they don’t like mealtimes because of the battle to get kids to eat healthy foods. For some parents, especially nowadays when both parents are working and time is very short in the evenings, takeaways are an easier choice. We know its not healthy, but it saves time, hassles and fights. So health is sacrificed for convenience.
These ‘shortcut’ habits cross over into all areas of our life. Too busy to exercise, to eat correctly, to take care of ourselves or our health.
Then comes Stress
As we move into adulthood, mental health becomes the issue as life appears more stressful. Life becomes all about money, having stuff and more opportunities to let our health become less of a priority. Even if we go to the gym, or play sport regularly the splurges in between exercising may include ‘junk foods,’ beer, alcohol or just irregular and unhealthy meals. We may take up smoking (usually this happens between 14 and 18 years of age) and we start to over drink, overeat, over think…. anything to try to cope with the stress of daily life. Eventually, we give up pretending to exercise.
As we age, we start to pay for the ‘freedom’ of our younger years. Our bodies start to react to the abuse it has been receiving in small doses over the years. Slowly, if we are lucky, things start to ache and our recovery times are slower. We can do less, but we still eat the same amount. Weight goes on. We feel bad, so we eat more, drink more, smoke more…… more and more of the bad things. Less of the good stuff.
So, much does being healthy cost……. not a lot! Just a decision! We can’t change the past. But we can change our future. We just need to decide to do it! A decision to change the things in our life that ‘suck our health’ out of us. Change the habits that make us feel bad. Stop smoking, cut our the drinking – get back and start focussing on what is really valuable: being healthy! We spend so much time and effort worrying about whether we will get a pension? Will I have saved enough Super to live on for 30 years….. What’s the point of that if you are going to die young because you have abused your body! The sooner you start the better off you are.
It is said: The baby boomers spent their health building their wealth, now they are investing their wealth to go back to being healthy.
Start doing that now: Invest in being healthy! But do it now! Your health costs virtually nothing to maintain, but a fortune if you lose it!