When describe the way I choose to live my life, the number-one comment I hear from people is, “I can’t afford all of that.”
The way I see it, I can’t afford NOT to live this way.
Let’s take that statement (“I can’t afford all of that!”) and break it down. In reality, many people have thousands of dollars they could use to invest in themselves.
In June 2015, the average gas price nationally was $2.78 per gallon. Today the national average price is only $2.03. If your car has a 15-gallon gas tank and you fill up every other week, that’s an extra $292 you have in your bank account. If you have a 20-gallon tank and fill it every week, you’re saving $779 a year off what you would have paid if gas prices had remained at their level in June.
Another example: Let’s say you purchase Internet service from Comcast or AT&T and pay roughly $150 month. If you switch to another provider who charges less than $15/month, then right there that’s another +$1,000 you can invest in yourself.
My question is: What are you doing with that extra cash? Are you investing it in yourself?
The point of this week’s post is to ask this: if you’ve not been getting chiropractic, massages, supplements, healthy food, or any other healthy thing for your body because of a lack of money, then where is that extra cash going?
Of course, it’s going toward your highest-value items, which may not necessarily involve your health.
With 2016 around the corner, it’s time to assess your health and consider these important questions:
1) How do I know I’m healthy? (If you say “because I feel good”, then that’s a fail. I’ve known lots of people who felt great one day, and died the next. Sorry to be so intense, but the only way to know you’re healthy is by using an objective measure outside of what traditional doctors utilize.)
2) What metrics do I use to evaluate my health? (If its blood-pressure cuffs, cholesterol screenings and other baseline tests, then once again, it’s time to start doing A LOT of research).
3) Am I relying on my MD to keep me healthy? (If so, you are failing miserably. Not because MDs are bad, but because it’s not their job to keep you healthy. That’s YOUR job!)
4) Can I do everything I want to do, without limitations? (I hope your answer is yes – and don’t use age or genetics as an excuse here.)
If your health is important to you, these questions are vital to answer and deal with.
Take that extra money you’ve been saving from gas, look at your finances, and begin investing more in yourself.
Why do I keep saying “investing”? Because your health and body – and not your 401K, stock options or retail property – are your biggest investment vehicles.
A lot of people have massive 401Ks, huge real-estate portfolios and millions of dollars in stock. They’re also overweight and can barely walk a half-mile without huffing and puffing.
Here are some ways to invest in your health in 2016:
1) Chiropractic Care – Chiropractic has been an amazing tool for my family and I that keeps all of us healthy. We use chiropractic as a way to keep our nerves free from pressure and allow them to coordinate and control all our functions at 100%. No, we can never tell when we need to be adjusted, but we do it regularly, whether we are symptomatic or asymptomatic.
2) Massage Therapy – The amount of work and stress we put our bodies through makes massage an amazing tool for keeping our muscles healthy. Massage is one of those therapies that should be used a minimum of once a month.
3) Acupuncture – For someone (like me) who is always on the go, acupuncture helps relax the body and calm the nerves. My acupuncturist tells me it’s balancing my qi. The practice has been around for thousands of years, and all the Asians use it to keep themselves healthy. If it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me! After all, they say, “success leaves clues”.
4) Supplementation – It’s important to find a quality nutritional advisor who can learn about your body and figure out where you have deficiencies. There are multiple ways to determine which supplements you need – but when it comes to actually buying them, make sure they are FOOD-based. Make sure the ingredients and nutrients come from whole-food sources that have not been isolated.
5) Paleo Meal Service – In my office we take care many of successful people who are extremely busy and constantly on the go. They say the reason they don’t eat healthy food is because of time. One of the best answers to this is to have your food prepared weekly. I subscribe to a weekly paleo meal delivery service that drops off my meals every Monday. The price usually ranges from $10 – $12 a meal and gives me variety. It also saves me TONS of time from not having to cook.
6) Gym Membership – If you’re like me, then working out at home is extremely difficult. It’s hard to get motivated at home. It’s essential for me to be in a group setting to keep me on track and pushing harder. For 2016, think about joining an exercise group and pushing your body even harder than you push it now.