Do you have a solid investment strategy in place? No, not the kind of investment strategy where you save money for a new home, new car, retirement, etc.—the kind of strategy where you are investing in your own personal health. Just like any other investment, the good habits you build right now in your life will give you an amazing return on investment (ROI) later in life. Here are the top five reasons your health should be a priority.
1: Lower Your Risk for Disease
Many of the leading causes of death in the United States today are preventable diseases—things like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Concierge doctors and other primary care provider know that patients who take time to practice healthy habits can actually reduce or reverse their chance of developing these deadly diseases—even if they start out in an unhealthy place. The key to lowering your risk for these problems is to invest some time and energy into healthier habits every day, such as:
- Regular exercise
- Healthy eating
- Stress reduction
- Adequate sleep
- Annual physical examinations and preventive care
When you’re practicing healthy habits, studies have shown that you lower your risk for a wide range of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, cancer, arthritis, and more.
2: Be Happy
Healthy lifestyles help with more than just controlling weight—they also help improve mood and make you feel happier. Being sick and tired all the time is stressful and taxing on your body, a situation that many private physicians know can lead to depression, anxiety, and other ailments. Regular exercise has been shown to increase endorphins in your brain and your body, which lifts your mood and helps you feel more relaxed. Plus the confidence you gain from feeling healthy and maintaining a healthy weight can make you feel more comfortable in your day-to-day activities.
3: Spot Potential Risks Early
When it comes to preventable or chronic diseases, there are often warning signs that might indicate someone is at risk. Part of living a healthy lifestyle includes going for regular check-ups with your primary care doctor, such as an annual physical, blood work, and screenings. Patients who see concierge physicians often get the added benefit of “executive-level” annual physicals, which can last up to an hour and include a comprehensive health review, lab tests, screenings, and consultation with your private physician. By investing the time to get these tests you can identify warning signs early that will help you control potential health problems before they become serious and chronic conditions.
4: Increase Energy Levels
Eating an unhealthy diet (filled with processed foods, and food high in sugar and fat) and living a sedentary lifestyle often results in a lack the energy to do the things you want to do. Making a small investment of time every day to cook healthy meals and exercise for about 30 minutes can pay dividends in increased energy levels. Eating well and exercising regularly also helps you sleep better, which can provide you with even more energy every day.
5: Live a Longer, Healthier Life
One of the biggest benefits of healthy habits is improved longevity. Think about it—you probably spend a lot of time planning and saving for retirement. These financial investments won’t be worth much if you are unable to appreciate your retirement years because you are always sick, you have to spend most of your savings on medical treatment, or because you don’t live long enough to enjoy it. If you spend as much time planning for and investing in your health as you do for your financial future, you have a much higher chance of living long enough to truly know the meaning of the “golden years.”
The key to investing in your health is developing good habits and consistently following through with your plans day after day, and year after year. Just like monetary investments, it requires time, discipline, and dedication, but eventually the ROI comes in the form of better health, increased lifespan, and improved overall happiness.