by Kristen Hogan, YMCA
There are lots of things money can’t buy and your health is one of them. Having a healthy lifestyle is about more than losing weight for vanity sake. A healthy lifestyle is a balance of a healthy spirit, mind and body. Sometimes we don’t realize the value of our overall health until we are faced with a situation that puts our health at risk.
Increase the wealth of your health daily by focusing on your physical, mental and social well-being.
Being healthy can actually extend your life expectancy. A recent study found that middle aged individuals who exercised 150 minutes per week can expect a one to seven return: seven extra minutes of life gained for each minute of exercise. Not only will a healthy lifestyle extend your life but it will also save you money. For an unhealthy individual the cost of prescriptions and doctor’s visits can add up. According to the Center for Disease Control, the average cost of health care is 41% higher each year for an unhealthy individual.
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Train your mind like you train your body. An increased level of stress can cause depression, weight gain, headaches, anxiety and more. Train yourself to think positive thoughts; try to see the good in all situations and learn to control negative emotions. Training your mind will reduce your feelings of stress.
Improving your overall health also includes your spiritual well-being. A healthy spirit gives you a deeper connection with yourself and can improve your overall health. A daily spiritual routine can help you understand the purpose of your life. Spiritual reflection lifts your mood, provides clarity, renews a sense of hope, and improves personal growth. A recent study found that individuals who have a spiritual routine are 56% more likely to have a positive outlook on life.
A healthy lifestyle is more than just the way you look; a healthy lifestyle has many contributors. You must obtain a balance between healthy spirit, mind, and body. Having this balance proves that our health really is our wealth.
“Without my health I would not be able to do the things I love. So a healthy lifestyle is something I will always strive for.” – Tessica Meloche
“It’s important that I take time to invest in myself for my overall health and well-being. A daily workout gives me energy, helps me clear my mind and keeps me healthy. I want to be a positive example for my kids and maintain a healthy mind and body.” – Ashley Pourciau
“I exercise to keep my body healthy, off of medication, and to stay active and mobile. Helps keep me stronger.” –Linda Johnson
“Health is a major part of my well-being. I gain a peace of mind when following a fitness routine. Being active enhances my ability to enjoy life.” –Joe Simmons