Your health is more than you may think.
I have two simple questions to ask you:
What’s important to you?
What are your priorities in life?
For some people, their kids are most important, others their careers are a top priority: Moving up the corporate ladder is a significant event in their lives. Perhaps for entrepreneurs, growing their business might be their top focus.
Relationships often rank high on the list as well. Having a healthy, and loving relationship with a significant other is something many have envisioned since they were children. As a result, they are determined to make that a reality.
Each of these are all worthwhile endeavors, and whatever a person feels is important to them, they should give it their all to make it come true. However, no matter what their mission is, the probability of it occurring is drastically reduced if they are in poor health.
Is Good Fitness the Key to Wealth?
Here’s an interesting quote to think about: You can’t enjoy wealth if you’re not in good health.
Wealth is more than just finances.
I believe this quote is true, but in more ways than one. When I read this for the first time years ago, the word “wealth” jumped out at me. My mind immediately focused to having money in the bank, a nice house and fancy car. Basically everything that money can buy.
Makes sense, right?
When the word “wealthy” is used to describe a person or particular lifestyle, we think of an abundance of material items or possessions. There are many shows that flaunt wealthy and extravagant lifestyles. But is there anything wrong with that? Aren’t these things many of us like and want, right?
Mind you, that was my original interpretation.
As I’ve gotten older, my views and philosophies on life have changed in many ways. For example, when I read this quote today, I see wealth including much more than money and material items:
I see love, happiness, success, a rich faith, fulfillment, family, achievement and great friends.
These are all items money can’t buy, but, I believe having them would make a person extremely wealthy. However, there’s one caveat: each of these items lose most of their appeal if we are in poor health.
Questions to consider:
- Can I enjoy getting together with friends if I’m bedridden from health issues?
- How happy can you be if your health prevents you from walking a flight of stairs to your job?
- How fulfilled would you be if you’re too sick to go to your child’s first ballet recital or soccer game?
We are told to work hard and make sacrifices to achieve the things we want in life. I agree with this logic, but that does not mean we sacrifice our good health to get them! Shouldn’t we be healthy enough to enjoy what we worked so hard to achieve?
Is it possible to work hard and reach goals without sacrificing our health in the process? I believe it is.
Four Ways Your Well-Being Impacts Your Life
Many of us put our health on the back burner, but this can be a mistake. It’s time we make staying in shape a top priority.
It’s important to note the various ways our overall health and well-being can impact our lives:
Being healthy allows you to work harder. Good health allows you to focus all your energies on the task at hand. Since hard work is key to success, this can increase the probability of becoming successful in whatever you choose to do.
Decreased income potential. Sickness can decrease the amount of time spent working, which can affect the amount of money you can earn and standard of living.
Poor health can have a direct impact on others. Your illness may require others to care for you or do the work that you are unable to. This can be stressful for everyone involved, possibly affecting their health as well.
Reduced self-confidence. Being ill can affect a person mentally as well as physically: Sickness can lead to many psychological issues, including anxiety, depression and anger issues.
By understanding how poor health affects us and what we want to achieve, we can take the necessary precautions to decrease our probability of becoming ill.
Good Fitness: A Top Priority
It’s easy to take our health for grated, that is, until we get sick. We must understand the potential ramifications of poor health and how it can affect us in the short term as well as the long term.
Poor health doesn’t happen overnight. It is often the result of poor choices we’ve made over the years. It’s time we understand how many of the things we do today could put our health at risk tomorrow.
“Health is a matter of choice, not a mystery of chance” – Aristotle
In the next post, we will identify many of the things we do every day that could be hazardous our health. Once identified, we can make the necessary lifestyle changes as we strive for greatness. Maintaining good health is not as difficult as many believe. Stay tuned!
PS – Good fitness requires good habits. I’ve developed a document entitled the Habit Reflector, which will help you in maintaining the habits required for good fitness. To gain access to this resource click on the link The Habit Reflector.