Everyone always balks at the concept of leading a healthy lifestyle because it means changing the way you think, the way you act and the way you live as a result of a selection of changes to daily practices, eating habits and getting better/more exercise. There are unintentional bonuses to leading a healthier lifestyle so before you go and nope out have a look at these.
Okay so the obvious ones are, well, that – obvious. You save money by making your own meals, not smoking and drinking as much, and that obviously leads to a bulging wallet. What you may not be aware of, however, is that your life insurance actually gets cheaper as you get healthier because of these factors.
Once you have quit smoking for a set amount of time your life insurance premiums get cheaper. As a result, rather than keep the policy and save the money it may be worth reviewing a guide on understanding your options for viatical settlements in 2021 because if you can cash out your insurance and get a better policy for cheaper, why not go for it?
Feeling Better Mentally
This one feels like a cop-out but hold tight. If you’ve been getting really stressed at work and you’ve been burning that off with exercise then you are going to have dropped all of the stress hormones out due to the chemical reactions going off in your brain. Equally, since exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t tend to seek out damage.
There are also side effects because healthier foods and exercise will make natural improvements to your body that can also have a positive effect on your mind. If you start an exercise routine with the thought “I want to get skinny” then you will never become skinny as the goalposts will shift constantly, but if you enter with the mindset of “I want to be healthy” then dropping weight is just a bonus.
Fewer Health Problems
This is not about going to the gym five times a week. While the medical profession still uses BMI, a grossly outdated system that conflates the difference between height and weight ascribes a number and tells you that you’re obese, this is not what we mean.
The discussions in the last few years around weight, health and body shape have evolved somewhat significantly to the point where a lot of general practitioners and medical professionals are now advising against the whole “you must do x amount of walking/cycling per week” because it’s just not what is meant.
The difference is about being sedentary or not – regular amounts of movement (it might be time to bring out the Wii Fit) are required to reduce the chances of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. That means going for a walk around the block once a day or parking further away from the supermarket entrance. Building it into your already existing routines is perfectly reasonable and will still yield substantial health benefits.