Did you know that more than 80% of New Year resolutions fail by mid-February? What’s more is that two of the nation’s top resolutions are focused primarily on health and wellness: getting more exercise and eating healthier. If our resolutions to live and feel better are failing, where does that leave us come February?
Our Physical and Financial Health:
It’s important for individuals, and for families, to be healthy—especially when weight and diet are considered just one part of a much larger goal of overall health and wellness. When we care enough to make healthy living a priority, it impacts so many areas of our lives, including our financial wellness. In fact, there have been several studies that prove that our physical health and our financial health go hand-in-hand: when we focus on taking care of our bodies and minds, we also learn to be more proactive about our futures, including investing in retirement funds and finding the right insurance to protect our assets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a long list of recommendations for living a healthy life. Here are some of their recommendations and some simple ways to get started living your healthiest life today:
Control Your Weight:
The CDC recommends finding out where your weight lies on the Body Mass Index scale. If you are above a normal BMI, it could be an indication that you need to lower your body mass to reduce your risk of weight-related conditions and diseases. Every person’s body is different, but a great way to get started losing weight is to find out how many calories you need to eat and balance that with how many calories you need to burn through exercise to lose up to 2 pounds per week. If you need assistance with your weight loss journey, let us know! We can provide great referrals to help.
Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease:
Heart disease and stroke are the two leading causes of death in the United States, according to the CDC. But 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week can lower your chances of having both diseases…and regular physical activity can simultaneously lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.
Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 Diabetes is a form of metabolic syndrome, a condition in which you have too much fat around your waist, high blood pressure, high levels of sugar, etc. These conditions can be dangerous, but they can also generally be reversed or considerably reduced through a healthy lifestyle.
Improve Your Mental Health & Mood:
Healthy living is connected to a variety of amazing benefits, including better sleep, reduced instances of depression, better financial health, longer life, and more enjoyment of daily activities—all things that we can all benefit from!
Setting Healthy Living Priorities:
As you make changes to make good on your 2018 resolutions, don’t forget another aspect of healthy living – protecting your family and your assets by having the right insurance in place. At Cincinnatus Insurance, we can help! Your health and wellness is our main priority, and we can find great, affordable ways to help you live your best life.