Health = Wealth: Uncovering The Links Between Fitness & Finances

by Adam on March 28, 2017

The vast majority of people want to be wealthy – and healthy. But many don’t see how the two positions are intrinsically linked. Research suggests that the wealthy are more likely to be healthy, too, and the same goes in reverse – the healthier you are, the more chances you have of becoming healthy, and thImportante more money you can save to make it happen. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the ways that improving your health can also help to improve your wealth. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you can try to save money and lengthen your life.

 

Diet

Fast food and junk food are both often thought of as cheap. But are they really? The simple truth is that cooking your own food from healthy ingredients gives you a lot more control over what you consume, and will also save you a lot of money at the supermarket checkout. Vegetables, fruit and whole grains are all cheap, and you can combine them together to create wonderfully tasty dishes that boost your health and cut your grocery bill. Consider sugary drinks, too – the scourge of many dentists and dietitians. Switching your sodas for plain old tap water will save you a considerable chunk of money over the course of a year, and also keep you hydrated and healthy.

flexibility in savingsExercise

Want to save money and improve your health? Stop driving your car so often. Walking to and from the shops or work means you miss out on the opportunity of a good stomp to get the circulation going. And it also costs you a lot of money at the pumps at your local garage. If walking isn’t your thing, what about riding a bike? You can pick one up for a few hundred pounds, and if you compare bike insurance online, you will see that it doesn’t cost a lot to cover yourself for accidents and theft – far less than it does for your car. It’s also worth considering that once you start to exercise, and break through that critical two-week difficult barrier, you will begin to appreciate your body a lot more. You stop eating so much junk, spend less time sitting down, and try and be as active as possible – all of which saves you from spending money on other things.

Bad habits

It’s not uncommon for your bad habits to cost you a significant amount of money. A pack of twenty cigarettes, for example, can cost you over £9 these days and damages your lungs and heart for the pleasure. Alcohol is also becoming increasingly expensive – £5 pints are not an uncommon sight in the major city centre bars around the country. Imagine how much money you could save and how much healthier you would be if you managed to quit these bad habits? If you were to stop smoking altogether, you would be, in effect, paying yourself £3,285 on a 20-a-day habit every year to improve your health – who wouldn’t want a wage rise that big?

As you can see, becoming healthier can have an enormous impact on your finances – why not give it a try?

 

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