What is the most important investment you can make?

What is the most important investment you can make?

By Published On: July 10th, 2020

Most people believe that the home they live in is their most important investment.  

And let’s face it, home is where a lot of us have been spending an inordinate amount of time lately.  Although that is true, your most important investment is REALLY your health and vitality.

After all, what’s the point of having a beautiful home if you can barely get out of bed? 

What does it matter if your house appreciates in value if you are fighting a lifestyle-related disease like heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, certain cancers or dementia? 

And does it matter if your house is wonderfully laid out and beautifully designed if your own body is falling apart?

I think you get the point.

The average American spends 13.3 years in their home.  Yet, the average American has a lifespan of 79, and Canadians 82.52 years.

So, if we spend 6x more time in our body than our home, why on Earth would we not spend even a fraction of that time, energy, and those resources to take care of our ultimate home – our physical body?

It’s no surprise that, as a population, North America is one of the unhealthiest in the world. 

With the arrival of the virus COVID-19, we’ve seen that those most at risk of being affected (and dying) are those who have a pre-existing health condition.

People stay home to slow the spread of the virus which is the right thing to do.  However, that makes it hard for those who rely on going to gyms to manage their health issues. 

High blood pressure doesn’t stop. Obesity still persists. Being sedentary is higher than ever, and as a result, lifestyle risk factors are on the rise. 

What is a sedentary lifestyle exactly?

As I discuss in my book The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health, a sedentary lifestyle is where an individual does not receive regular amounts of physical activity, which is a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of a more vigorous regimen.  

Here’s the issue.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.4 Billion people (60 to 85% of the population worldwide) do not engage in the minimum, 20 minutes a day, of activity.

That makes physical inactivity (aka being sedentary) the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.

That’s NOT cool.

I don’t believe this has to be the case, and I’m doing something about it.  

I’m on a mission to re-ignite people’s passion for play (exercise) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age and have FUN!  

And guess what, you don’t need a gym. You can let the world be your gym because it’s possible to keep healthy enough right outside (or even inside) your door.

Walk, dance, stretch, skip, swim, play basketball, run around with your dog – the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can do this all with a friend for some human connection, at a distance, of course.  

Even though COVID is here to stay (for a little while longer), I built my coaching practice to help clients virtually from anywhere in the world. It’s been amazing to watch people make progress instead of letting this pandemic sidetrack them from their ultimate health objectives.

What if each day you could be at your best?

As Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”

You can live the healthiest version of yourself, in a body (or home) that you truly desire. It exists deep within each of us. 

I encourage you to unleash your inner child, find joy in moving your body in a way that makes you happy and less sedentary.

Build your home to last. Your quality of life depends on it.

Play on!

PS. If you want help with taking control of your health as you age, then please book your free health accelerator call here.  I’d be delighted to help.  

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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