I can honestly say that I’ve saved tons of money, year over year, for staying healthy and eating well. I regularly exercise and eat well with home cooked meals and a Paleo style diet. To me, when it comes to living frugally, staying healthy is a big part of my plan. I haven’t been to a doctor in years, so no co-pay visits, no billing from the insurance companies….most importantly, no meds!
How many people do you know that are constantly sick? If it isn’t a cold or sinus issues, it’s stomach problems, or some other health issue.
I see people like this everyday, especially at work. A lot of my co-workers eat really bad and have no energy, or are just not motivate to stay active. This is especially true at an administrative job, where you seem to get stuck behind a desk all day long. Maybe it’s a little over the top, but I believe the drug companies want the American population to be sick, so they can profit off of everyone. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I see co-workers eating fast food every day for lunch; taking in tons of sugar with junk food and soda, gaining more and more weight, then they wonder why they are sick all the time. I just sit back and watch and appreciate the fact that I haven’t been sick even once this year or last year for that matter. Obviously I’m not super human, but when I do catch a bug, I can quickly shake it and will be back to 100% in a matter of a few days.
Outside of my interests (or even obsession) with my finances and investing, I love working out. I am a personal trainer and enjoy exercise as one of my passions. Of course the way I look at it, both of these hobbies actually go hand-in-hand. If I keep myself in good shape and take care of my overall health, I stay away from the doctor and save tons of money year over year. I can imagine I’ve literally saved thousands of dollars over the past several years (in comparison to most people I know), by just maintaining my health. I feel better than I did 10 years ago and I’m in a lot better shape.
I actually get the best of both worlds….good health and significant savings. Both of which play a big part in my future goals. I plan to live well and enjoy life to the fullest as I age. Staying in shape, maintaining my health AND stashing away all that extra cash I saved in the process to reach my financial goals. It’s a win-win situation!
Look good, feel good, live a long healthy life and stay away from the doctors office. No meds, no insurance bills, tons of money saved in the process! Get active, stay active, eat clean and live well.