Stop me when this sounds familiar–
Need I continue?
“…then put your little hand in mine”
The pattern keeps repeating and it not only seems more ridiculous that we haven’t done anything to stop the spiral, it IS ridiculous.
It’s like déjà vu all over again. When will we ever learn?
An article in the USA Today yesterday had a headline that read “Health care costs rising for retirees, but many aren’t preparing“. Now, the article was in the money section, so it focused a bit too much (in my opinion) on financial aspects such as delaying retirement, not drawing social security until you are forced to, and saving for retirement.
Nowhere in the article, however, was the financial impact of healthy living discussed.
And that’s a shame, because you don’t have to be a number guru to know that being healthy is more affordable than being unhealthy–both in the long and short term.
Think about it.
How many medications do many unhealthy people take every day? How often do unhealthy people visit the doctor because they are sick? Compare that to people that take are of themselves?
There’s really no comparison. It just costs less to be healthy.
Why isn’t the thought of living a healthy lifestyle a part of the conversation?
When congress argues about how to reform healthcare, how come we don’t have more meaningful discussions about healthy living instead of Obamacare and medi-caid funding?
Is it because both sides of the aisle are incredibly unhealthy, and don’t want to face themselves in the mirror on the issue? Is healthy living a difficult way to garner votes as opposed to attacking the other side?
“…there ain’t no hill or mountain, we can’t climb
Whatever the case, it’s time to stop replaying the same day over and over ad nauseum for now until forever. It is time to stop making excuses, it’s time to stop waiting until tomorrow, and it’s time to get healthy.
And it needs to start now.
There are plenty of ways to start. Eat better. Be more active. Drink more water. Sleep 8 hours a night. Turn off the tv. Play with your kids.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start being healthier. The fact is, it may not always be easy to stick with a healthier lifestyle, since after all, if it were easy we probably wouldn’t be as unhealthy as we are now.
But it’s possible. And when you need help sticking to your plans, there are a number of ways to maintain your resolve on your journey to a healthier you.
Take charge of your life and your financial future by making the commitment to yourself to be healthy. It won’t always be easy, but nothing worth striving for is. But the payoff will be a healthy and active future that you can afford. So do it!