Why spending money won’t make you healthy

>> Money won’t make you do things in the long-term <<

Do you know the saying “Money alone won’t make you happy”? I do and I think there could be a similar saying that applies to your health. “Money alone won’t make you healthy”.

In today’s world, money is a necessity. Everybody, with a few exceptions, needs it. I’m not going to challenge that here, so let’s take it as a basic assumption.

If you’re having “enough” money, you shouldn’t have to worry about it, unfortunately, most people still do. Apparently some people will never have enough.

If you’re not having enough money, you are more likely to worry about it, especially if you don’t know how to buy food or pay the rent. I’ve addressed this problem of the negative-health-wealth-cycle already.

This article is actually about the other part of that cycle. You have enough money, but you’re still not healthy. That’s because money alone won’t make you healthy.

Think about it and be honest. How often did you buy new running shoes or clothes and thought:

“Yes! With this new gear, I’m going to run every day.” After two weeks you stopped running altogether. I did this as well.

Or how many of you did buy a fitness tracker with the expectation that they will automatically be healthier? I bet at least some of you did this.

Unfortunately, it won’t work this way. Despite that fact that some people are getting motivated by their fitness tracker to walk or run more, the tracker itself won’t make you healthy. But that’s what we are taught to believe.

Isn’t that what marketing is all about. Address people’s desires, i.e. to look better or get fitter, and selling them a product that will solve all their problems?

We all know this and all of us still fall into this trap.

The thing is, you don’t need to spend any money at all to start getting healthy. I’ve addressed this here and I also created a completely new project around it. You can check it out here.

On the other hand, money always appears to be a motivator as we feel somehow commit to this. “Oh I’ve spend $200 on this tracker, I’d better be running.” Sadly, this won’t work. This is external motivation, and we all know how this goes. It will probably work for 5% of the people, but all the other people are quitting after a few weeks.

Here’s what I would suggest. Stop wasting your money.

Pick one of the following small habits. They’re all free and can be adjusted to your day-to-day schedule. Some of them will only take 5 to 10 minutes, but if you want to you can increase the amount of time you spend on them. That is if they are working for you.

  1. Walking
  2. Meditation
  3. 5-minute exercise
  4. Drinking enough water
  5. Journaling

Pick one of them and start doing them for at least one week. At the end of that week, I want you to think about how that habit affected your life.

Did it make you calmer, more productive?

Did you feel better?

How is your body reacting?

Take an additional 5 minutes and write down how you feel.

Think about if this habit prevented you from doing your work or if you didn’t have time for other things as you thought in the beginning. I bet it didn’t, for a matter of fact it’s only taken 5 minutes per day, right?

In case the habit didn’t work for you, don’t be discouraged, it happens! Pick another one and try it again. Have you nothing to lose right?

If it did work, either continue with the habit and stick to the times or increase the amount of time. If you’ve been walking for 5 minutes, maybe take a 10-minute walk every other day, but stick to your 5 minute walks as well.

In some cases, you could add an additional habit, but I suggest you wait with that for another week. I know it probably feels like you don’t do much, but remember, step-by-step you get ahead. 

If you feel like it, take one additional habit. Maybe something you are already doing, like drinking water. In that case, you don’t have to start something new, you just have to improve an old habit.

That being said you won’t magically be healthy after doing this for one week, but I believe it’s a good way to get started.

At one point in time, you want to start investing in your health as well because you will reap more benefits. While exercising at home is incredibly powerful at the beginning, joining a gym or hiring a personal coach will increase the benefits, especially if they can teach you, what to do without them.

It’s the same with your sleep or nutrition. Investing in high-quality food is a great thing to do at one point in time. They same goes for investing in a quality mattress, blanket, and pillow.

Recent leaps in technology also brought fitness- & sleep trackers at our disposal. At the moment, I’m not 100% sure if I should celebrate them or ignore them, but I also guess there is no correct answer.

I had one, but it broke (not my fault), so I gave it back because the company didn’t want to repair it.

While sometimes it felt like a burden, because my life got ruled even more by numbers, at other times it was really motivating, for example when I checked my steps in the afternoon and realized that I literally had only done 300 steps that day. This motivated me to go outside and walk for at least an hour.

Depending on your personal preferences, a fitness tracker might make you healthier, but don’t expect it to be that way.

Most of us think we will automatically be healthy as soon as we put on a fitness tracker or as soon as we buy new running shoes. Well, that’s usually not the case. It’s just a made up reason to buy this stuff, which gives us a temporary high. You still have to DO it!

You know this & I know this.

My personal advice is: use as much of the free tips and include as many of them in your day.

Take running/walking as an example. You don’t need a fitness tracker to walk every day. Just do it and after several weeks of doing it, you might want to know how much you walk or you want to get into a competition with your friends, which will motivate you even more.

If you can’t commit to walking without the tracker, you won’t commit to walking with the tracker and you will waste money.

Start doing instead of spending money!

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