Saturday, January 17, 2009

Don't Discount Good Health

Everyone who has been paying attention is aware that the economy is in dire straits. From the serious tumble that the stock market took, to the completely tanking housing market, it is easy to see examples nearly everywhere that things are going badly.

Fortunately though, the chances are, that if you're reading this, that you're in relatively good health. This is something that has the kind of value that doesn't have a price tag. There, I said it. Now think about it for a minute; you're good health is priceless.

Recently I had someone close to me undergo a serious surgery. This has given me a new perspective on my health and also made me realize how important it is that everyone, no matter what their situation, do what they can to stay healthy.

When you go to the doctor, you may be told to change your lifestyle, quit smoking, stop eating bad foods, etc. When you go to the dentist you may be told to brush better, or floss more. Regardless of what these professionals are telling you, you should probably take this common sense, preventative advice and follow it.

This blog is about easy change you can make to have a better life. I am realizing, even personally, that I was able to make some improvements to my health by exercising more consistently and taking even better care of my teeth. These things were not expensive in terms of money, but rather, more expensive in terms of motivation.

However, when compared with the cost and pain and emotional drain of having root canals, or some sort of heart surgery down the line because you chose to 'live fast', it certainly seems like prevention is the way to go. Not only is the the less painful and cheaper method (which avoids all sorts of Moral hazard), it is in your self interest. Take this opportunity that this new government, economic turmoil, and new year is giving us, and see if there is some positive change you can make on your life to improve your health!

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