Looking for a solid investment to make in the new year? How about investing in yourself by focusing on your health?
You only get one body, so taking care of it is essential for a happy and healthy life. So why not start investing in the thing that can keep you happiest, healthiest, and alive?
But before making an investment in anything, it’s important to know the facts.
FACT: Heart disease is the number one killer of people in the United States killing on average 787,000 people a year according to the heart foundation.
FACT: The CDC recommends at least 2.5 hours a week of rigorous physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet that is low in sodium and high in fruits and vegetables.
FACT: As of 2014 an estimated 29.1 million Americans had diabetes, with 21 million diagnosed and 8.1 million undiagnosed according to the CDC.
FACT: According the the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is when your body cannot maintain insulin levels properly, at first your pancreas makes extra insulin in order to keep your blood sugar under control. However over time the pancreas can no longer keep up with the amount of insulin your body needs.
FACT: Increased exercise and eating healthy by cutting out unnecessary sugar dramatically lowers your risk for Type 2 Diabetes and also helps put an end to symptoms if already diagnosed.
FACT: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and after the age of 55 your risk of stroke doubles every year.
FACT: Smoking will double your chance of stroke at any age, and continues to grow your chances the longer you smoke.
FACT: Eating healthy helps maintain weight, which leads to increased energy, curbs the risk of disease, improved mood, and lowers the chance of depression.
FACT: Just like eating healthy, regular exercise also helps maintain weight, increases energy, curbs the risk of disease, and improves mood according to the Mayo Clinic.
So what exactly are these facts telling you to do? To invest in the time and effort it takes to keep yourself healthy. Start investing in that 30 minutes at the gym, invest in taking the time to prepare a healthy meal. The return rate of investing in programs that can help you kick your bad habits will be much higher than anything you’d be able to find in the market these days.
You only get one body, why not turn out a positive return on it?
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.