Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is “live” and we’ve seen the various problems it is having, prior to it even being implemented in the healthcare system, it should make you think differently about how you approach your health from this point forward.
First of all, let me address the word healthcare, because that is a completely misleading term. The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury. And our current system doesn’t result in that definition in most cases. It really should be called Medical Care, because it is the treatment of illness or injury that we pay for through insurance premiums, etc. We pay (or pre-pay, i.e. insurance) for treatment, not the outcome of being healthy.
And now the cost for pre-paying for treatment that we may never need is on the rise due to the new ACA. That is why a shift in your approach to healthcare is going to be needed.
You simply cannot afford to take your health for granted any longer.
A recent report by NBC News Investigative Reporting showed that anywhere from 50 to 75% of those who had purchased health insurance plans prior to the ACA stand to have their policies canceled and/or see a dramatic increase in their monthly premiums. Many people I know personally are seeing increases in their monthly premiums with the possibility of having fewer treatments covered.
The only question to answer is, where do you invest your hard earned money now that there seems to be less return on investment for buying health insurance?
Prevention is the new shift for ‘health’ care. You need to invest (time and money) into the only proven method for becoming and staying healthy…EXERCISE!
Physical activity in the form of exercise has been proven over and over to be the most appropriate tool for achieving health. Combined with proper eating, exercise in moderate intensities results in better health, the state of being free from illness or injury. It’s also widely agreed that getting the majority of the population physically active would result in nearly $70 billion in reduced medical costs annually.
It’s clear, isn’t it?
You will spend less and achieve better health by investing in prevention through exercise and proper nutrition, than you ever will by purchasing health insurance for the potential treatment of illness or injury.
As a personal trainer in Ridgeland, it’s my job to keep the community (you) well informed about how to do just that. So let’s look as some ways you can shift your investment from treatment to prevention and reap the benefits (and savings) as a result.
1. Stop buying processed junk food and start investing more into consuming real foods in the form of fruits and vegetables.
This will require more time and energy in food planning and food prep more than anything else. And the theory that eating healthy is more expensive isn’t true, because when you consume real food you actually eat less because the food is more filling and provides you with more energy than the processed food normally consumed.
So it will actually end up saving you money to invest in prevention and eating healthier food. Your body will respond positively with higher amounts of energy, which in turn will give you the desire to exercise more often and at higher intensities.
2. Do something physical every day
Research shows that we spend more time on personal electronic devices than we do working or sleeping. That’s a scary statistic! Just imagine if you put down the smart phone and shut off the ringer for 1 hour a day so you could go for a walk, workout in the gym, play soccer with your kids, or work in your yard.
Some days you just need to be more intentional about physical activity and park further away from the office or grocery store. Other days you need a plan to incorporate more intense activity that works toward reaching a particular goal. But regardless, committing to movement that triggers a response in the body is highly beneficial.
3. Hire a professional to provide you with education, direction and accountability
There is no faster way or surer way to achieve optimal health than by hiring a coach. As a personal trainer in Ridgeland I’ve seen this first hand. And we’ve helped hundreds of individuals achieve amazing health and fitness results. Some see dramatic drops in their cholesterol and blood pressure levels, to the point that they no longer require medicine. Others have more energy and exuberance for life. And most lose an unimaginable amount of weight and find their true self for the first time in years…decades even.
A coach forces you to do the things you NEED to do. The things that you just don’t do on your own, for what ever reason. And you need to work on the things that you don’t do on your own. Because doing those things (resistance training, avoiding processed foods, etc.) will help you achieve the level of health you desire so you don’t have to pay for it later in life by getting treatment for something that was easily preventable. Imagine having the ability to make food choices based on having the knowledge you obtained from listening to your personal trainer.
There has never been a more important time in history for you to make the investment in the prevention aspect of your health. You need to shift your approach to health care and start being healthy, instead of paying into a system that probably won’t take care of you even if you do become ill or injured.
Don’t play russian roulette with your health. Invest in your ability to live a healthy life. The research is clear, and the savings are there for you to take advantage of. You just need to invest more on the front end instead of “gambling” with your life on the back end.
My hope is that you, that we all, start with personal responsibility and make the changes necessary to save our health and the failing systems of this country.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio very soon!
P.S. Learn about how you can take the first step to investing in your future through investing in prevention by clicking here.