When asked about the most valuable thing someone can have, many would think about money or materialistic and physical items. However, value is not about tangible possessions only, because in many studies where this question was asked, “health” was one of the main answers given. Which makes “health” and “wealth” two of the most common responses.
Maybe you’ve never thought about a relationship between being healthy and being wealthy, however, there is a strong correlation between the two factors.
It is known and experimented, that finances are of the main reasons for stress, and stress is one of the great reasons for health issues. So will being rich make you healthier?
Life expectancy in most industrialized nations has increased over the years, and studies show that wealthy populations live between 10 to 15 years more than poor ones. What makes wealthier people healthier than their underprivileged counterparts, is the awareness level they receive due to their education and their exposure to good sources of information. Furthermore, wealthier people can afford better health care services and medical insurance. Also, they are more inclined to go regularly to doctors and health professionals and do some checkups even when no clear signs arose. Wealthier people can afford healthier lifestyles; from eating healthy food, which is most of the time more expensive, organic food for instance, to getting a full access gym membership which might be considered a luxury for low-income populations. All of this contributes to preventing illnesses and help cure diseases and other unwanted conditions.
While the above findings may show that wealthier people can be healthier, not everyone who is wealthy will live longer or become healthier than a deprived person. This is true due to many uncontrollable reasons such as; genetics and the difference between one body and another, incurable conditions and diseases, etc.
On another hand, better health can also lead to bigger wealth. A study made by the National Bureau of Economic Research which issued back in October 2011 was found that the top healthiest people in their fifties retired three times the possessions of the least healthy. It also found that these people were able to save more money since they spent less on their health during these years. Also, staying healthy gives individuals more power to save for a longer time.
To improve your situation, there are things you can do now:
- Get yourself checked to know how healthy you are. The earlier you do so, the more chances you have to stay healthy and live longer. Regular checkups are to check and analyze our present health conditions and detect any risks to our health before they even start and become a problem.
- Focus only on the issues you can control, so if you have a family history of a certain disease, stop the habits that might enforce the risks of you having it, such as smoking, drinking, not eating healthy and not exercising.
- Move more. Try to get a minimum of two and a half hours of exercise per week. People who are fit and healthy in their middle age will face fewer chronic illnesses in the last five years of their life so they can enjoy their retirement.
In order to maintain good health, we need to do the following:
Eat healthily and sleep well
An unhealthy diet with high levels of sugar and fat, as well as consuming no fruits and vegetables will bring more calories into your body. An unhealthy diet with high levels of sugar and fat, as well as consuming no fruits and vegetables will bring more calories into your body. Also not getting enough sleep can manipulate your hormones pushing your appetite to increase
Do daily mild exercises (like walking)
Walking is very simple and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Walking can help you build your stamina, burn calories, help your heart healthy and your overall health and wellness.
Get outside and get some fresh air
Don’t stay under the blankets. Get out and be active and get some air straight from the great outdoors. Being outside and getting some fresh air helps to improve both blood pressure and heart rate due to the decrease in pollution, providing you with better overall heart health.
Drink plenty of clean water
Your body is composed of 60% water. Drinking water will help you balance all your body fluids.
Drinking clean water and keeping your body hydrated reduces stress, maintains good health and helps flush out toxins & waste products.
Maintain good posture
Someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness, self-confidence, and appeal without even trying. Maintaining a good posture gives minimal strain on your bones and muscles, and in turn on your organs, thus generally makes you feel better.