Contrary to what luxury brands try to tell (and sell) you, the most luxurious accessory for any lifestyle is your health. Those personal Pilates classes and tasty juice cleanses might be fashionable, but donít forget the real goal here: to make you as healthy as possible.
The side effect of looking great in a suit, bikini, or anything else is just icing on the carob cake. But thereís more to living a healthy lifestyle than diet and exercise, although they certainly provide the solid foundation. They hardly complete a holistic approach to health, though.
How are you going to enjoy that private aircraft or fine wine if your mobility is affected or the doctor dictates no more alcohol for you? Your body needs to be in shape to enjoy the finer things in life, and you also need to ensure that your family is in safe financial shape in case the worst happens.
Start today by getting on board with some healthy moves that are actually pretty easy once youíve got them in motion. You and your loved ones deserve it.
1. Re-define your workouts
Every single person needs to work out, and we could all probably benefit from exercise more than we do. Itís recommended that adults get at least 2.5 hours of exercise per week, but if you do it right (and do something you love) you can benefit from more.
If you hate running, donít do it. If you love to dance, thatís a perfectly acceptable form of exercise. Whatever you do, check with a doctor first and donít get stuck in a rut.
2. Get annual physicals and nutrition deficiency checks
Whenís the last time you got a complete physical with blood work and your nutrition levels checked? If youíre like most people, itís probably been awhile, but something as easy to fix as an iron deficiency might be whatís leaving you fatigued, grumpy, and moody day after day.
Consider an annual checkup something that canít be missed and an opportunity to make your life even better. Itís so easy, so why not tick that off your to-do list during your next lunch break?
3. Sign up for quality life insurance
The greatest gift you can give your loved ones is peace of mind and financial stability should you pass away before they do. Life insurance is for your loved ones, not for you, and itís never too late to get on board.
With whole life insurance, you get coverage for your ďwhole lifeĒ; term life insurance covers you for only a set amount of time. Discuss your needs with a financial advisor and make sure your family is taken care of in the worst of times.
4. Donít skip the dentist
Oral health and hygiene is linked to numerous diseases throughout the body, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Few people probably like going to the dentist, but if you choose a professional whoís known for ďtwilight procedures,Ē youíll never even remember being in the dentistís chair.
Plus, a better smile is also linked to more success in life, and thatís something everyone can use.
5. Find your way to de-stress
Like oral hygiene, stress is also connected to a myriad of diseases, but thereís no one-size-fits all approach to de-stressing. Look for symptoms, such as high blood pressure or acne breakouts, and try different approaches to keep your cool.
Whether itís yoga, a lunch hike, playing with your puppy, or simply closing your eyes and listening to music 10 minutes per day Ö if it works for you, then it works.
A healthy lifestyle is truly the greatest gift you can get for yourself and everyone around you. Itís an investment that keeps on giving.