In the words of Jim Rohn, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” It’s a sentiment that often gets lost in our busy lives, but it’s one we should take to heart, especially in our mid-30s. In today’s world, the approach to healthcare may be a bit backward. The real goal should be to stay so healthy that we rarely need treatment.
Of course, treatments are essential when we need them, but let’s face it; the healthcare system doesn’t always have our best interests at heart. We’ve all heard stories of people having to fight for treatment or questioning the care they receive. It shouldn’t be this way.
How often do we focus on preventative care? For some of us, even a simple yearly checkup isn’t covered by insurance or Medicare. It’s frustrating, to say the least.
The truth is, many doctors are trained to treat illnesses, not to prevent them. That’s why taking control of your own health is crucial. You must be your own advocate, whether dealing with the healthcare system or making choices about your lifestyle.
Now, let’s think about the word “HEALTHYCARE.” What images come to mind? Is it vibrant, nutritious food? Regular exercise and strength training? A wealth of knowledge about how to maintain and improve your health? What about quality sleep, a fulfilling lifestyle, and a confident reflection in the mirror?
Chances are, your vision of healthycare doesn’t include doctors’ appointments, hospital bills, or the fear of side effects worse than the disease itself.
Dr. Peter Attia once said, “Living longer is not accomplished by living longer with a disease. Living longer is accomplished by living longer without disease.” It’s a perspective that should shape our approach to healthcare.
Some may argue that genetics determine their health, but research increasingly suggests that our lifestyles and environments play a more significant role than our genes. Take Dr. Steven Gundry, for example. He thought his weight struggles were due to inherited genes. Yet, by making lifestyle changes, he and his father both improved their health significantly.
“Health is not valued until sickness comes,” said Thomas Fuller. It’s a truth we often overlook until it’s too late.
So, let’s introduce a new concept: “Whealthy.” It’s a fusion of wealth and health through healthycare. It means taking control of your well-being, even if you’re not the most disciplined person.
I, too, started my journey towards whealthiness. I was in the worst shape of my life, but I decided to take small steps every day. I gradually cut out foods I shouldn’t eat and focused on the ones I should. I incorporated exercise, sleep, yoga, and meditation into my routine.
It wasn’t an overnight transformation, but over time, I started feeling better, looking better, and feeling more confident. I set an intention to live a long, healthy life, and I committed to my healthycare.
If I can do it, anyone can. The key is to realize that your healthycare journey begins and ends with you. As Mahatma Gandhi wisely said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Embrace the power of healthycare and start building your wealth of health today.