When it comes to investing in yourself, investing in your health should be a front-burner issue. You only have one body. How well you take care of it will determine how well it will serve you. Whatever your drive may be today, if your health fails, you are grounded. Nobody wants that, hence the need to take personal responsibility for your health.
What does Investing in Your Health Mean?
You don’t have to wait till the blight of sickness rolls over you. You can be proactive with your choice to ensure that you remain healthy.
Investing in your health means taking personal responsibility for your health by committing money, time, and energy to improving your health and wellbeing while keeping sickness at bay.
7 Ways to Invest in Your Health
Most people will agree there is a need to invest in their health. But how do you go about it? Let’s consider some free ways to invest in your health today.
Eat fruit regularly
According to the CDC (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion), 9 out of 10 people who will read this do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Yet, eating fruits and vegetables boosts our immune system and helps maintain our health. Do you say the price is outrageous? It’s an investment, not an expense, and you’ll reap the ‘fruits’.
If you don’t take time off for your wellness, you’ll be forced to take time out because of illness. Staying well-rested can help prevent that. Plan your rest for sub-optimal work periods, using the knowledge of your circadian rhythm. Take resting breaks during the weekend. Rest between tasks. Just make sure you rest often and adequately.
Stay physically active
With more and more people working remotely, sedentary lifestyles are bound to increase. Whatever the case, staying physically active is a necessity, not an option. Start a workout plan. Get a friend to keep you accountable. Likewise, join a community for motivation. Track your activity with a mobile health app. Whatever you do, don’t sit all day binge-watching Netflix and eating junk food.
Staying hydrated should probably top the list, seeing how water is so important to the body. Staying hydrated keeps your joints lubricated, maintains the balance of body fluids, and keeps organs functioning appropriately. Also, it can improve your mood and cognition. Maybe you want to pause right here and take a glass of water. That’ll be great.
Intermittent fasting involves switching between fasting and eating on a regular schedule. After multiple studies, Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Mark Mattson concluded that intermittent fasting guarantees longer life, a leaner body, and a sharper mind. The good thing is fasting intermittently costs you nothing extra than a few love meals.
Take a digital break
Research suggests that taking a break from your screen impacts your mental and emotional health. Staring at your screen causes the continuous release of dopamine which keeps you mentally exhausted and hyperstimulated. Moreover, some of the content online can agitate you. Taking a break helps you reorder your priorities and catch your breath before returning to your screen
Meditation is an underrated activity in a fast-paced world like ours. However, it boasts tremendous results. In meditation, you sit still and focus on your breath as you will yourself to relax. It’s a good way to counteract stress and improve cognition.
We all blame the government for not investing enough in the health sector but do we do any better? Of these seven, how many do you already do? How many other ways do you invest in your health? When we don’t invest in our health, we do on a microscale what we accuse the government of doing on a macroscale. Invest in your health today and reap a healthy future.