Is financial health correlated with physical health?

When I turned 30, I knew it was time to grow up a bit. It was time to take a long term view and approach to life. It was time to start taking care of myself so that I could live a long, healthy, and active life. Gone were the nights of staying out until the wee hours of the morning indulging in luscious libations. And no more late night runs to the 24 hour Jack in the Box thereafter.  Instead, I’ll be getting up early to hit the gym. Blah, major blah!

So I researched ways that I could begin to eat better. I found some helpful suggestions, like replacing soda and sugar rich juices with fruit infused water and tea. And how I could replace quick snacks like chips with fruit, veggies, and nuts. Interestingly, I found that these healthy substitutes actually kept me full longer and provided me more energy than the processed “food” that I was eating. And I definitely cut out fast food. Fast food is more expensive than you think.  Sure, the dollar menu is cheap, but does a single, small hamburger actually fill you up? How many times do you just spend a dollar? And that stuff is horrible for your body. Take a quick look at the real ingredients in fast food – I dare you! Instead, I made sure to make a grocery list and visit my local Trader Joe’s every week. It is amazing how much you can save by making your own healthy meals at home.

Along with only about 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, these are just a few of the changes that I made. There are many more that can be found with doing just a bit of research. Go Google it!

So on to my point. One of the interesting side benefits that I found with living healthier was that I immediately started to save some money! And the more I looked into it, the more I realized that I would be saving myself much more money down the road. It may soon be time to go on that vacation to the Caribbean that I have been wanting. Time to start shopping for a new Speedo! OK, sorry for the visual.

Kidding aside, here are a few interesting tidbits that I’d like to share.

  • Eating healthy and engaging in regular exercise greatly reduces your risk of disease. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Walking or biking reduces your transportation costs and also provides a fun workout. Get out of your car and enjoy the sunshine!
  • Habits like smoking, drinking calorie laden coffees and consuming too much alcohol are not only expensive but also greatly damage your health. Do you really want to be that person who is hanging out at the bar all of the time anyways?
  • Maintaining a healthy weight saves you money on clothes. Maybe now you can pay off some of those Macy’s card bills!
  • Get off the couch! Take the kids to the park, or take that poor dog of yours on a walk. You’ll watch less TV and then you can cut your cable bill.

OK, time for you to make a change. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. And remember, balance in life is important. Just because you are eating healthy and exercising doesn’t mean that you can’t have the occasional Corona and 2 tacos for a dollar at Jack in the Box. It doesn’t always have to be blah, major blah!