“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
These words from Mahatma Gandhi really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the value of good health.
Life is extremely fragile and precious–yet many people take the ability to live it to the fullest for granted.
Often, we neglect taking care of our bodies until we are forced to make a change when we develop a life-threatening disease or illness. Or damage our bodies to the point where we can no longer participate in our favorite hobbies or activities.
Situations like these tend to wake people up to the reality that health needs to be the number one priority.
Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?
Here are four concrete reasons making health a priority will benefit yourself and others in the long run…
#1: Good Health Builds Your Self-Confidence.
Although it may sound superficial–improved health often means a boost in confidence levels.
From a better body image to smoother skin, feeling more energetic to having whiter teeth, there are many elements of healthy self-confidence that are influenced by eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated.
If you feel as if you suffer from low levels of confidence due to your physical appearance, lack of energy, or beyond, I recommend you focus on making lifestyle changes to improve your health.
From there, confidence will follow!
#2: Good Health Allows You to Do More.
We all have bucket lists filled with activities we want to experience and accomplishments we want to achieve before we die.
If you maintain good health, you’ll be more likely to see these dreams through to completion.
According to Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse in Australia, one of the five biggest regrets of the dying was not fulfilling their dreams…
“Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”
Think about your goals for a moment, whether it be…
Living to see the birth of your grandchildren…
Starting a successful company…
Whatever they may be, don’t let yourself get to the point of regret because poor health held you back from seeing these dreams come to life.
#3: Good Health Encourages Others to Do the Same.
Focusing on maintaining good health won’t just benefit you- you can encourage others to follow suit via leading by example.
For instance, parents know firsthand how important it is to be role models for their children.
If they eat a poor-quality diet, their children may learn to do the same and, subsequently, develop health issues.
If they don’t exercise regularly, their children may never develop positive workout habits.
If they smoke cigarettes, their children may have a difficult time saying “no” the first time their friends offer one.
Your healthy habits can help your children, friends, parents, and other loved ones feel inspired to do the same–making it a win-win for everyone at the end of the day.
#4: Good Health Ensures Longevity.
This one may be obvious, but not something we consciously think of all the time.
If you want to live a long and fulfilling life, you’ll need to develop habits that will make it more likely to live into your 70s, 80s, and even 90s.
Whether it be eating a better diet, taking the right supplements, starting an exercise routine, or simply drinking more water, there’s a lot we can do to ensure that our lives will be long and high-quality.
If healthy eating is one of the habits you’d like to instill in the New Year, click here to learn how to accomplish this goal in five simple steps!