Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Health and money go hand in hand

Being unhealthy can cost you severely in so many ways so it makes sense to try to be as healthy as you can right? Seems it is easier said than done for most people. Everyone knows the dangers of smoking, yet so many still continue to do it. I know people who have quit for years, then one day do it because others at work were or friends were doing etc... Quitting can be hard, but it is not impossible. Besides the health benefits the financial benefits are huge.

If you smoke 2 packs a week, at $10ea, $20 a week that’s $1040 annually! Not to mention the savings on health insurance if you have it or the savings on doctors visits related to smoking issues or the savings when you get older and don’t develop smoking related cancers or emphysema etc...

Then there are drinks. Water is the cheapest drink you can get (provided you have a decent water supply in your town). There are so many drinks you can spend a fortune on, yet none of them do you any good. Fizzy drinks and juice have loads of sugar and preservatives which rot your teeth and your body not to mention make it impossible to stay a healthy size as your body converts that sugar to fat. Drinking sugary drinks constantly increases your risk of things like diabetes which is not something you want to develop.

Recently we seemed to be popping down the shops every day or two for more milk. Now milk is good but we were going through it so fast. We were drinking it in preference over anything else and too much of anything is not good. Milk is high in calcium but it is also high in fat. We have halved our milk consumption by drinking more water and are still getting all the calcium we need. We are also saving $7 a week.

Processed foods are another one. All the chips, lollies, junk food, readymade snacks and meals are loaded with nasties we don’t need. They are usually much more expensive than either making it yourself or grabbing fruit as a snack. They are designed to not fill you up and to be addictive.

I stopped buying or making biscuits, cakes, chips and things and both our budget and waistline thank me. We still have them on special occasions but not every day. Eating healthier and preparing things myself has saved us at least $20 a week.

Then there is exercise. Everyone knows the benefits of exercise it keeps your heart healthy, it helps you lose weight and burn up calories, it decreases the risk of diabetes, heart disease etc... Yet it seems so hard for so many of us to do. You don’t need to run a marathon; just 30 minutes of exercise a day is all it takes to keep healthy. Watching one of those kids shows such as The Wiggles or Hi5 where they are all active and joining in is a great way to exercise with your kids. Going for a walk around the block, a Pilates or other exercise DVD you can do at home are other options that do not cost you money. You don’t need to join a gym for $15 $20 a week.

Eating unhealthily, not watching your weight and not exercising not only costs you money now but in the future the diseases you can develop, the way they could also affect your earning ability, the health insurance premiums and inability to enjoy life to the fullest are all costs associated with not keeping healthy.

This January I am focussing on my health. It will be a focus for the year, but I am kicks tarting then, why not join me? Quit smoking, swap that chocolate bar for a banana, walk around the block, just pick something to change your life and be healthier. Take it one step at a time and congratulate yourself as you change your habits. If you slip up don’t worry, just try again. The occasional treat is fine, provided it is occasional.

2 comments :

  1. I wish you the best of luck at staying healthy! It is truly a hard thing to master. My biggest weakness, FOOD. I love it! I am actually a very healthy person, eat fairly well and exercise all the time. However I cant seem to kick the rediculous habit of smoking. I plan to work harder on that this coming year.. I know I can do this!
    Stopping by to say hello after I was gone a short time. I have had a lot of changes in my life for the better, including my career. Hope all is fabulous with you. Make sure you swing by my blog. Everything will be back up and running in its normal fashion very soon.
    Stay Fabulous
    Chara
    www.nothingbutfabulousity.com

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  2. There's some great advice there - I'm definitely motivated to stop spending money on all of those little extras and get my bum back to the gym!

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