Benjamin Franklin often wrote about the virtues of frugality. In the current economy, where the high cost of living often limits what you can afford, it is a good idea to be thrifty. Still, you can overdo it, depriving yourself of some of the things you need for your happiness and well-being.
Spending money to improve your health, for instance, is always a good idea. While you may be in excellent or reasonably good health right now, you need to spend money to stay healthy or get healthier. It may not be an urgent need, but it's an important one. In the long run, too, you will save money, because what you spend in taking care of your health today, you'll save on future medical expenses.
Here, then, are 3 sensible, practical ways to improve your health:
1. Improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.
In our quest to get more done, we often tend to sacrifice the quality and quantity of our sleep. This wreaks havoc on the body. Your brain does not have enough time to flush our waste metabolites and your liver does not have enough time to do eliminate toxins. As a result, you feel tired, experience brain fog, and become more vulnerable to all kinds of accidents. One simple way to improve the quality of your sleep is to get a good mattress. Keep an eye out for a mattress sale and buy one that will improve the quality of sleep you get every night. As for quantity, make sure you get enough sleep. This may mean going to bed earlier or taking naps during the day. Depriving yourself of the time your body needs to heal and recuperate from the metabolic stresses it experiences during the day may compromise your health.
2. Learn more about eating well.
What you eat plays a huge role in your health. If you eat the wrong foods, you are setting yourself up for all sorts of debilitating conditions, ranging from diabetes to heart disease. Unfortunately, there is often much misinformation about what constitutes a healthy diet. Every day, you are being exposed to advertising suggesting what you should eat. Moreover, every aspect of the food industry has a vested interest in telling you that their product is a healthy choice. It's easy to be duped into believing that you are eating a healthy diet when, in fact, you may be doing just the opposite. So how do you discern the truth? You must do your own independent research. Read books and watch DVDs by a recognized health expert, attend health seminars, and even consider consulting with a nutritionist.
3. Get into the habit of exercising regularly.
Exercise plays a crucial role in your health. While you can exercise at no cost by doing bodyweight-based calisthenics in your bedroom and going for a walk or a run outdoors when the weather is nice, it may be a good idea to spend some money to improve how well you exercise.
Here are two tips on devices or equipment worth buying:
- Wearable fitness devices: If you buy a wearable wrist device you will be able to know how many steps you take in a day. Although the American Heart Association recommends about 10,000 steps, most people take less than 5,000 steps a day. Moreover, they are not even aware that they spend most of their time sitting and only walking short distances because they feel that they have been active and busy all day long. In addition, these devices come with software that allows you to chart how many calories you burn versus how many you eat in a day; how many hours of sleep you get at night; and how much water or liquids you drink during the day to stay hydrated.
- Exercise equipment: You can either buy exercise equipment or join a gym. If you only exercise moderately, you may just need a rebounder, a simple piece of abdominal exercise equipment, and some free weights. If you would like more of a challenging workout, then you may want to join a gym, where you will get access to a wide variety of aerobics equipment, weight machines, and free weights.
In conclusion, while making and saving money is a necessary part of life, it's also important to take the time and to spend the money necessary to improve your health, as well.
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