Healthy finances and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. If your bank account and budget are in good shape, chances are that your health is in pretty good shape, too.
I've recently been thinking about the parallels between fitness and finance. According to Vera Gibbons of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, health and finances are more intertwined than many people might think. Basically they are the same except one happens on a balance sheet and one happens on your body! Gibbons said that if people cut out some unhealthy habits, they can benefit financially. Check out some of the comparisons I made:
You track everything. It might be pennies or calories, but you always know exactly where you stand. You’re logging it every day. I know what my fat intake is, I even know my RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) contribution limit. I know everything.
You can see progress and results. Whether it’s your bank balance going up or your waistline shrinking, the results concerning your finances and your fitness are tangible and visible. Who’s not motivated by progress and results they can see?
Different programs and systems work for different people. I understand and agree that "Insanity" might not be for everyone. I also recognize that not everyone wants to bulk up, or work out six days a week. I'm good with that! Whether you're choosing to work for a non-profit or spend your money on marshmallows: the choices you make about your body and your finances are always going to be your choices. All that matters is that you find what works for you.
You can’t neglect fundamentals and expect stellar results. I keep trying to get away with getting the body I want by workouts only, but it was only when I gave up my food vices did progress really start to show. I really do have to cut out things like late night ice cream if I want perfect abs. Likewise, you have to cut out some things to have perfect finances. That doesn't mean working out but skipping meals won’t yield results, it just means that like forgetting to budget could lead to financial set backs, you probably won’t achieve what you want for your fitness or health wants.
Both lead to a richer life. What’s more valuable: financial security or your health? Tough question, because you won’t be very happy if you’re missing either. Keeping your finances and your body in check means you get to live a long, prosperous life.
The truth of the matter is, finances seem to be the great divide between people with excellent fitness habits and everyone else. And while the solution may be more complicated than discipline, sacrifice, time or economics, the conversation must begin with admitting that finance and fitness are directly related.