We have all heard the phrase 'health is wealth' whether you are a fitness fanatic or trying to make your way back into a healthy regime. But what does this mean and how can you practically implement this in your life?
Bad health costs money
Taking care of our health requires commitment and frequent check-ups to see that everything is in order. Health care spending in South Africa was valued at R414.5 billion in 2017. However, the cost of people not having access to proper health care or the lack of taking care of their health generally contributes to a higher price tag in the end. It is more expensive to live an unhealthy lifestyle than one where people frequently take care of it.
It increases your life expectancy
Three of the highest causes of deaths in South Africa are currently Tuberculosis, Diabetes and other forms of heart diseases. Out of the heart diseases and strokes that people suffer from, 80% of these are preventable. Changing your diet to one that is healthier; ie, doesn't consist of transfats and high amounts of red meat and carbohydrates in the form of bread products, artificial sweets and chips to name a few. Knowing how to make changes to your diet plays a major part in improving your health and life expectancy.
A healthy lifestyle means affordable premiums
Looking for ways to cut back on your life insurance premiums? Many insurance companies incentivise people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle by reducing their premiums or through a reward program that sees them earning points to spend on specific items. Speak to your insurer to find out more about how your BMI and overall health so that you can benefit from your policy.
Making your journey to health more affordable
Contrary to the belief that living a healthy lifestyle can cost you an arm and a leg, there are a range of alternatives that can be adapted to suit your pocket and your health. There are essentials that are worth stocking up on that can go with most meals you want to create.
A general rule of thumb is to get in more vegetables and fruit that will make up more than 50% of your diet. Reducing the amount of oil you put in your food can also be a healthier alternative. You can also make the move of stocking up on seasonal fruit that come with health benefits that reduce your chances of getting seasonal viruses. Always remember to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.