It’s Your Health and Your Money
Do you want to change your life? Do you want to save some money by investing in yourself? Save money by investing in your health and well-being?
No, this is not a pitch, nor is it a fun post. This rather is a bit of advice that may be a motivator for you to change your way of life if you haven’t done so already.
The other day I was reading a paper titled “The Gradient between Economic Wellbeing and Health”. The article discusses the parallels between one’s income and their life expectancy. The study discusses how Americans with a higher economic status are able to not only stay healthy but live longer lives than their poorer counterparts. This, because they have access to better food, gear, and put simply, they have the time to stay healthy.
Here’s a chart from the article describing the health disparities by income:
Isn’t this crazy? How can your income dictate your health? but that’s not all, your income also affects the way you feel, according to the same article, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and sadness are all associated with how much money someone earns over their lifetime.
I knew about the health disparities that existed across races, I mean, it is well known that Blacks and Latinos have a higher incidence of chronic diseases than whites, but, apparently the health disparity between rich and poor people is so wide that it even affects infant mortality in the United States of America, a country known for being a symbol of freedom and equality.
While there is compelling evidence, irrefutable proof that people with lower income live shorter lives, one can dare to challenge that assessment, it does not have to always be that way. Would it be insensitive to propose that one should at least strive to invest in themselves? Would it cost it all, if one were to make better food choices, buying healthier produce and vitamin rich food, taking the time to cook rather than the local fast food joint?
Let’s take the example of two 28-year-olds, John and Paul, made up characters working in the same office building, earning the same amount of money. John wakes up every day at 6 AM and heads to the office, while there, he grabs a bagel and sits until 1 PM (lunch time) at which point he heads to his favorite fast food place or deli, where he grabs another high sodium, sat fat infested grub. At the end of his day, he gets home and sits on the couch with a beer and some chips until he passes out and does it all again tomorrow.
Paul, however, is a different story. He wakes up and runs, makes his own coffee and boils some eggs, he gets to the office and works but takes some time to walk around and stretch his legs, during lunch time, he eats what he cooked since he meal preps. At home in the evening, he eats some lean greens and protein, works out and goes to bed.
What do you think is going to happen to John at say… age 55?
My point here is this, with a little bit of effort and investment and better choices, we don’t have to get sick and deal with medical bills and go broke by the time we want to retire.
My point is, getting healthy and staying healthy can, not only save you money but save your life. At the end of the day, it’s you versus yourself.
You can read the article by clicking here