Your Best Investment: Investing In Your Health

What if someone told you they have an investment where you can’t lose? What if this person is your most trusted friend in the world that you would trust with your life, would you listen? What if there is overwhelming evidence that backs up your friends claim? Now that your friend has your attention they proceed to tell you that this investment opportunity could cost you nothing, will change your life forever, and will even make you live longer. Your anticipation is growing ready to hear this great investment opportunity, your friend finally tells you…. “Invest in your Health!!”

By now everybody knows the benefits of daily exercise, but until now we haven’t been able to quantify how much longer we will live depending on the levels of exercise we engage in. A new study posted on from U.S.-based Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute has quantified the life expectancy for those 40 years and older based on different levels of physical activity. Over a ten year period analyzing over 650,000 people and more than 82,000 deaths, the study concluded that:

  • 75 minutes of brisk walking per week equates to an extra 1.8 years of life expectancy as opposed to staying sedentary,
  • Increase that to 150–299 minutes of brisk walking per week and the gain in life expectancy goes up to 3.4 years,
  • Make it 450 minutes per week and the estimated life expectancy jumps by 4.5 years

Investing in your health is the best choice to make. Whether it’s investing an hour a day of brisk walking in your neighborhood or investing in a treadmill or elliptical trainer for your home, there isn’t a better investment opportunity than your health. Remember, invest in your health, and then enjoy the wealth.

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