“How to be rich” is the central theme on this blog. Check out previous articles about this theme how to be rich.
You can be rich in four different ways, each one independent of another.
- Monetarily Rich – Determined by your monetary assets
- Spiritually Rich – Very difficult to attend and once reached, monetary richness may seem insignificant.
- Emotionally Rich – When your soul feels the rich by the way you conduct yourself. We do feel it all the time, but need to sustain the feeling with self-training. Here’s one of my previous take on emotional richness.
- Socially Rich – When you have significant social influence in the society.
Staying healthy is one important aspect which encompasses all four aspects of being rich.
Because, a sickness costs you money, a sickness often causes social troubles and a sickness prevents you from enjoying your surroundings. Your sickness deprives your family. It prevents you from living a good life.
Remember, if you are unwell, your soul shall remain unwell. Many sicknesses can be cured in exchange of money and care. Most of the sicknesses can be prevented by taking precautions and following good practices of living. Many old age syndromes can be lessened by taking proper care of our body.
As per a report from Kaiser Health Foundation, in 2009 per capita expenditure on health in US was more than $8,000, a year. That’s a lot of money! About a million dollar in your life time.
As the saying goes, “Health is Wealth”. It is very important to stay healthy in your endeavor to become rich. This enables you to work hard and increase your work-life span.
On the other hand, you will be able to reduce the cost on health care. You will also have more time to enjoy your money, see places and to do things that usually require certain level of physical fitness.
If I go over salary statement, I pay near $200 from my bi-weekly paycheck towards medical insurance, that’s $5,600 a year. Our Aetna plan has an annual deductible of $2,400, when deductible is met, plan requires a 10% co-pay.
As a result we pay more than $7,000 each year towards health care. This year its going to be much more.
There are certain illnesses which cost tons of money and all insurance providers keep a life-time maximum coverage on them. That means if you happen to develop any of those illnesses, your entire saving becomes a risk.
Even at 10% (once deductible is met), a prolonged hospitalization can erode significant portion of my saving.
How can we ensure healthy us?
1. Cleanse your soul, stay happy - if you want to have a healthy body, you have to have healthy thoughts and emotions. Just as it’s important to avoid toxic chemicals, it’s important to avoid toxic thoughts. This is easier said than done. You need to change your thoughts and learnings.
No one is good or bad, its perception and circumstances that make us good or bad. Once you start loving all alike, you sure feel a lot richer yourself.
Be positive and think positive, it makes a lot of things easier in our lives.
2. Exercise regularly – This is no brainer. Regular exercise controls weight, reduces the chance of high blood pressure.
Regular physical activity improves muscle strength and boost endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and help cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. As a general goal, aim for certain minimal physical activity every day.
3. Eat healthy, eat well – Don’t eat too much, stop when you are full. Don’t keep a lot of time gap between two meals. Eat fruits and green vegetables.
Cook your own food most of the time and avoid outside food, set your own diet and control calorie intake.
Eat balanced food containing protein, fiber, carbohydrates and vitamins. Don’t skip breakfast and eat at least 3 hours before going to bed.
4. Take rest and sleep well – Its important to give your body and brain a break. at minimum 7 hours sleep is required for an adult body. I am guilty of violating that lately.
Too little sleep can make you have a difficulty with memory, depression, and a weakening of immune system.
- We all get sick or injured. The chances increase with age. If you get something that doesn’t get better on its own soon, don’t neglect, see a doctor. Good practices are not enough to cure all illnesses.
- When working out, never over exercise. If you know your body needs rest, take rest.
How are you keeping healthy, readers?