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When it comes to the things that people sacrifice for success, healthy habits always top the list. We’re pressed for time in between jobs, meetings, classes and even careers that our health takes the back burner.
And what’s worse is how justifiable this sacrifice seems. How being too busy too look after yourself because you’re actually “doing things that count” is an undisputed norm. But in reality sacrificing healthy habits to get ahead may actually be taking one step forward and two steps back. Especially financially.
Health and Wealth, the correlation
According to a study by Rugters University improved healthy habits could result to savings over the long term for the rest of someone’s life. Futhermore, estimates from The Centers for Disease Control show that a 10% weight loss could reduce an overweight person’s lifetime medical costs by $2,200 to $5,300. Delaying the onset of diabetes can save thousands of dollars annually in increased medical costs.
You’re also obviously not very productive when you’re away from work sick due to bad healthy habits. Poor healthy habits can also lead to chronic illness that aren’t exactly cheap to treat. This can lead to large sums of debt that result from unprecedented medical bills. Thus leading you to heavily regress financially.
Lastly, studies have shown that a correlation exists between healthy habits and life expectancy. People with poor health habits die at a relatively young age having spent thousands of dollars–money that could otherwise have been invested–on prescription drugs and health care costs.
Healthy Habits Made Easy
Maintaining healthy habits does not have to be complicated and time consuming to be effective. Below are 5 everyday healthy habits that you can adopt that are easy yet can produce amazing health benefits.
1. Managing your health via apps
Using health apps can be a great way to monitor your own health and to also upload store and share your health and fitness data. Research has shown that hospital readmission rates have been cut by 92 percent while emergency room visits dropped by 87 percent with the use of mobile health apps and greater communication. This could result to mega savings on medical costs.
2. Tracking your steps
Following on from using health apps, apps like Fitbit that help you track your steps can have amazing benefits. Research has shown that increasing your daily steps can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
3. Step on the scale daily
Weighing yourself daily is reported to be a great motivator in improving healthy habits that lead to weight loss. University of Minnesota researchers found that dieters who weighed themselves daily lost an average of 12 pounds in two years; weekly scale watchers lost only six. You’re also less likely to regain the weight if you weigh yourself daily.
4. Eat a high protein breakfast
The habit of eating breakfast in and of itself is a game changer in one’s health. Research has shown that eating a high protein breakfast leads to fullness later in the day. Furthermore, brain scans of people who eat high protein breakfasts showed reduced activity in the area that controls food cravings. This resulted in a reduced intake of high-fat and high-sugar evening snacks. The financial benefit in being less hungry thus spending less on food is undeniable.
5. Get enough sleep
A study found that restricting sleep even for a few nights makes you hungrier. This can lead to poor health habits since you’re more likely to have food cravings and increases your calorie consumption. The study further states that even one night’s poor sleep made people consume more than 500 extra calories the next day. This can lead to increased spending on food that negatively affect your health, leading to a vicious snowball effect between bad health and bad finances.