A high net worth client said this to me today, "I know how to make money, but I don't know how to make my 42 inch waist shrink."
If your waist is not where you where you want it to be, there's a chance it's because you're not treating your health like a bank account.
Let's imagine for a minute that your health is a bank account. What would you do to "make money?" What are those skills that helped you grow your wealth that you could apply to your wellness?
One way I bet you approach your money accounts is to consider deposits and withdrawals, right? What if you looked at your wellness in the same way? For example, sitting all day at a desk is a withdrawal...going for a walk is a deposit.
Let's take it a step further. You know how you can set your money up to work for you through interest and dividends? The same is true for your health. If you spend a little time on strategy, you can get multiple returns with one investment.
Remember that walk I mentioned earlier? You could take a 15 minute walk anytime of the day and burn a few calories. That's not bad, right? But what if you take that same 15 minute walk within 15 minutes after eating lunch, out in the sunshine with a friend?
It's the same amount of time but doing it after lunch cuts your blood sugar spike from lunch in half, lowers your insulin response, and prevents fat from being deposited in your midsection.
By walking outside, you increase your immune function from vitamin D exposure (sun) and fresh air.
By walking with a friend you enjoy, you cut cortisol (stress hormone), boost serotonin (feel good hormone), reduce blood pressure, and boost your brain activity for the second half of your workday.
By choosing the right time, intensity, and intention you have just tapped into your own physiology. You've used it to your advantage and stacked many health benefits - without investing any more time. Doing this can even make a 15 minute walk more beneficial than spending an hour at the gym.
The moral of the story is to treat your health like a bank account. Use your money skills to maximize deposits while minimizing spending. Then find ways to reap dividends from your efforts by working WITH your physiology and stacking benefits. The momentum will build, but it won't feel hard. Put enough of these stacked habits in place and pretty soon that 42 inch waist my client mentioned above will stop growing and begin to dissolve.
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