As someone who spends a lot of money and time on whole foods, gym memberships, body work, and fitness equipment, I know how expensive improving your health can be. I also know if I don’t invest in my health and wellness now, I will be paying for it in medical bills in the future. Investing in your health can be done in a variety of ways and is key to your current and future wellbeing! Here are some ways you can start investing in your health today:
Nutrition Education and Whole Foods
One of my favorite quotes comes from Ann Wigmore, “the food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Eating foods that are nutritionally dense and eating whole foods on a regular basis is essential for maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Further, investing in nutritional education and knowing the difference between proper nutrition and fad diets can help an individual maintain their nutrition over time. Diets have a long history of being used to help ward off and treat diseases; for example, the autoimmune protocol diet is a food-based approach to reducing inflammation in a person’s body. Investing in your nutrition is investing in powerful wellness and healing.
Invest in Your Workout Routine
Do you go to the gym and wonder around or spend 30 minutes walking on the treadmill and leave? If so, you are not getting the most out of your time in the gym or the most out of the gym membership you pay for. Invest in a personal trainer, an online training routine, or class-based fitness memberships to ensure that you are getting the true benefits of exercise. 30 minutes of fitness 4 to 5 times a week can reduce the risk of a wide range of medical ailments and improve both physical and mental health. Knowing how to maximize your time in the gym can maximize your results.
Self-care is more than just nourishing yourself with good food and spending time at the gym. Self-care includes improving mental health and physical health through other outlets including body work (massage/chiropractic work), meditation, stress management, and decompression. Invest in regular body work which helps recovery from your workout routine, spend some cash on meditation classes or apps, or decompress with a lunch with friends or a spa day with your significant other. These investments improve both your physical health and mental health and will have long term positive effects on your body’s regulatory systems.
Investing in quality sleep is probably the most utilized investment one person can make. Invest in a good mattress, a supportive pillow, soft blankets, and blackout curtains to ensure you get the most out of those eight hours in bed. Good sleep will result in not only waking up refreshed, but helps to regulate emotions, weight, physiology, and psychology. In fact, inadequate sleep has been linked to increased chances of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, stroke, weight gain, and diabetes. Making sleep a priority and investing in comfort is a key factor in maintaining overall health.
If you know anyone with looming medical bills (which we all do) you know that the medical industry is not forgiving or economical. By making small investments in your personal health your return on the investment is 100%, and your health and wellness will advance. Investing your money in nutritiously dense foods, education, mentors, self-care, and adequate sleep will help maintain a lifestyle that will need less medical care in the future.