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Investing in our health for lifePosted: September 7, 2012
By Carol Gordon
When we hear or read the word “invest,” we naturally think in terms of money and rightly so. The first few modern day definitions of the word (as per http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/investment) do refer solely to money.
“1. To put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
2. To use (money), as in accumulating something.”
Furthermore, it is considered to be wise to think in terms of making good, sound financial investments, so that we will earn a good return on our money. When we do, we are taught, it is a good way to plan for our financial future and we seek financial advisors and/or bankers for this purpose.
Over time, however, the word “invest” has come to refer to more than just money, as the third definition on the website link provided above indicates:
3. to use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something:
So this investment (although the word itself is not often used) concept, can thus be applied outside of the financial area into other areas of our life. For example, regular servicing of our vehicle is an investment in helping to insure that our vehicle stays in good working order and remains safe to drive.
Although it is also not common to use the word “invest” when referring to our health, we grew up with the following list of guidelines, which utilize the concept. By following them, we are taught, helps us to insure that we stay healthy:
Brush your teeth twice a day
Get eight hours of good restful sleep each night
Eat three balanced meals a day
Get plenty of exercise
Drink lots of water
Engage in regular physical exercise
Have annual physical check-ups
Is this short list of simple guidelines all the investment we need to make in our health in order to stay healthy or is there more? Next article will explore the role wellness plays in our investment in our health.
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