4 Health Moves to Help You Get Wealthy

by TTMK on December 30, 2013 · 10 comments

healthy and wealthyWe all want to be healthy.  That’s a no-brainer.

Most of us want to be wealthy too.  Or, at least have enough wealth to meet our needs and live comfortably.  I don’t know anybody who wants to struggle financially, do you?

Well, every year that goes by, it’s more clear to me that there is a strong connection between staying healthy and have a chance to be wealthy.  Having health issues can impact your ability to live prosperously, and could even totally derail a person and wreak havoc with finances.   Not that money is the most important thing of course, but we talk about it a lot here 🙂

Anyway, there are 4 aspects of health that I’m going to be focusing on.  I think that success in these areas can only help one’s ability to build wealth.  Here goes:

Sleep More

Sleep matters.  I don’t know about you, but I disagree with anyone who thinks that it’s great to burn the midnight oil and work late into the night.  Rather, I think it’s best to do what you can and then call it a night.  Get some sleep.  Actually, get the amount of sleep that you need, rather than just making it a secondary priority.

When I don’t sleep enough, I’m simply not as productive the next day.  5 hours of sleep yields a lot less productivity the next day than 8 hours of sleep.  Sure, you could work that additional 3 hours you are awake the night before, but your work will not be as good the next day.  Not to mention it can make you too tired to have the willpower to eat well or exercise as you might otherwise do.

Sleeping your way to wealth sounds really bad, I know 🙂 But, taken nicely and in the way I’m intending, it can be a good approach!

Exercise

Speaking from my own experience, exercise gets me to be more active than periods of inactivity.  Being sluggish is no way to build wealth.   Personally, I feel good after a workout, especially if I have one after a stretch of not working out for a while.  You can tell the difference.

Embrace Nutrition

This is so important.  If we put bad fuel in our car, it won’t run as well.  I think the same applies to our bodies, but maybe even to a more significant degree.

Eat right, and we can be more alert and energetic throughout the day.  It will put us in a position to get more done and even do more in less time.  The right food can give energy, the wrong food seems to encourage fatigue.

Manage Stress

This is probably one area that’s tough to handle for a lot of people.  If you want to get a lot out of your life (raising my hand), there is the tendency to try to do too much.  You know, like being a perfectionist or taking on a large volume of activities.  Perhaps spreading ourselves too thin, or simply not managing our time as well as we could.

Or, it could be other people who play a role in our stress.  We may not have the tendencies I mentioned in the prior paragraph, but if we have others in our lives stressing us out, it can distract us from more productive activities.  I think it’s important to learn how to deal with such people and be careful with stress.  Actually, maybe even turn stressful situation into winning situations where possible!

Bottom Line – if we want to be wealthy, it only helps to be healthy.  After all, health is what allows us to work.  It also allows us to have time to work, and energy to make good decisions.

My Questions for You

Do you think of health and money in this way?

Are there any of these 4 areas that you plan to focus on in the future?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Little House December 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

I definitely think health and wealth are intricately linked. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the healthiest person will be the richest, but it means that you might be able to keep some of your money instead of spending it on healthcare later on or being able to earn money for a longer period of time. When it comes to my health, I’m pretty much covered in all four areas. It’s the wealth part I’m still working on. 🙂

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TTMK January 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I know what you mean, keeping money for other things rather than health care is a nice side benefit of being healthy. Great that you have such good health habits!

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Nick @ Step Away from the Mall December 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I definitely need to push this area to push that area! Awesome stuff. I’m always more productive with money when I’m more productive with my health.

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TTMK January 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I can see how it’s easy to focus on one more than the other, in that we naturally gravitate toward different things based on our interests. The great thing about focusing on both is that they each benefit. 1+1=3.

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The First Million is the Hardest December 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I have a lot of work to do in this area as well. Staying healthy and in good shape can save us a lot of money over the long term!

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TTMK January 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I agree, being healthy can be good for financial health too!

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Michelle January 2, 2014 at 5:04 am

Yes, I believe health and money are related…when you have a healthy mindset about each, then you have better results in both areas. Both areas require goals, discipline, determination and celebration when positive results are achieved. And they both have areas for stumbling and regrouping to get going again!

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TTMK January 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Michelle – great comment, and excellent points. The two areas are both related, no question. I like your last sentence regarding stumbling and regrouping, which is an aspect that might get overlooked sometimes.

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Andrew@Livingrichcheaply January 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

There is definitely a connection between health and wealth, but sometimes I don’t think about it even though I should. Sleep is something that I really miss…it is tough with a little baby! Exercise and nutrition have always been goals of mine to improve, and I need to make it a priority.

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TTMK January 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

I know what you mean, it can be challenging with a baby. In that time frame, it can sometimes be about survival for the parent and just trying to get enough sleep to get things done during the day. A unique time of life to be sure, but time opens up later!

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