American billionaire Warren Buffet famously once said,
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
While he was talking about long-term investments, the same statement is true when we talk about our health. Yet how often do you put off the daily tasks you know will help you be healthier tomorrow? Just like you invest in your financial future, it’s time to start investing in your future health by doing these things today.
1. Treat your health the way you treat your family’s health.
You would never dream of putting your family’s health at the bottom of your priority list.
You fight to get your kids to eat vegetables.
You may drive your parents to and from their doctor appointments.
You probably even remind your spouse to schedule their check-ups.
But is your own health a priority? If it was, you probably would skip the extra caffeine in the afternoon in favor of a walk. Or treat the nagging pain in your knee. Or find out why you are so tired all the time.
Commit to approaching your own health the way you tackle your family’s health and you will likely be surprised at just how neglectful of yourself you have been in the past.
2. Baby steps today pay big dividends tomorrow.
As tempting as it is to do a total health overhaul, small changes made over time are the shifts that tend to stick.
For example, skipping a 32-ounce soda in favor of 32 ounces of water saves you more than 300 calories a day. Making that change permanent can save more than 100,000 calories in the first year alone. Considering cutting 300-500 calories per day means you will lose up to a pound per week, just eliminating soda or other sugary beverages from your diet can yield weight loss over time.
See how that works?
When done consistently, the small things you do today will lead to big changes in your life over time. Walking more, treating nagging pain, making subtle changes to your diet can all have an impact on your health over time.
3. Self-care is not self-indulgent.
There seems to be a generational gap when it comes to how we view self-care.
Millennials tend to look at self-care as vital, but may go about it in ways that are destructive to their health and financial future.
Boomers tend to view self-care as self-indulgent and unnecessary.
Rather than defining self-care as bubble baths and trips to the spa, it’s time we defined self-care as investing in becoming the best version of yourself.
That may mean skipping dinner out to feed your bank account or investing in a chiropractic plan to get rid of your back pain once and for all. It may mean working overtime on a big project to make your case for a raise at work or finally starting your own business with your million-dollar idea.
In the end, self-care that helps you become the best version of yourself is never self-indulgent.
Once you are ready to begin investing in your health, it’s time to find a partner that can help you make your vision of your future self a reality. Sandstone Health is just such a partner.
Call today or schedule your comprehensive exam with x-rays online to start your wellness journey.