What is Your Health Really Costing You?
We often think of medical expenses at a time when we are least capable of coping with them – when we’re sick. With healthcare costs increasing as we age, the sooner we plan for our health, the sooner we’ll start saving more money. According to the National Foundation for anti-aging, “most aging is premature.” Poor posture, low energy and brittle bones are not aging; they are a disease. Most of my patients with complex medical problems end up needing care as a result of an actual medical diagnoses called, “Generalized Weakness,” leading to frailness and aging at a much faster rate.
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a woman retiring at 65 and living until 85 will need $88k to $146k for insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses. So what does this have to do with you if you’re younger than retirement age?
Nearly 70% of what is wrong with us can be avoided by changing daily habits!
By incorporating healthy lifestyle choices, you will save hours, days and months in the doctor’s office, hospital and/or operating room.
By 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease. Between 2010 and 2030, total direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease are projected to triple, from $273 billion to $818 billion. Real indirect costs (due to lost productivity) are estimated to increase from $172 billion in 2010 to $276 billion in 2030, an increase of 61%.
My patients often say they can’t afford a $45.00 monthly gym membership, more expensive but leaner cuts of meat or a $19.99 DVD. These same people think nothing about spending $200.00 – $400.00 a month eating out. All that money literally flushed down the toilet!
Your daily actions are your best health care plan. I’m not saying it’s all totally avoidable, but nearly 70% of what is wrong with us can be avoided by changing daily habits.
Health is accumulative. How you treat your body today affects your life tomorrow. You are working long and hard for your retirement and you can’t afford to lose it all to overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. So next time you are thinking you can’t afford it, change your mindset to, “I can’t afford not to workout.”
In her newest DVD, Arthritis Relief Walking Workout, licensed Occupational Therapy Clinician, Suzanne Andrews, guides you to make the change and live the richness of life as it was intended: one of balance, joy, pleasure and the new exquisite awareness of who you truly are – a fully functioning adult with a life of abundant energy, functional strength and restored balance ahead of you. Start today, save the $105.00 weekly co-pay with a Functional Fitness DVD and Suzanne Andrews will be with you every step of the way!