How Good Health is a Financial Asset
Rick Emerson, author of "Zombie Economics," joined us to explain how good health is a financial asset:
Q: In Zombie Economics you talk about fitness as a financial asset. How is one connected to the other?
Q: People are surrounded by so much information about health and fitness and weight loss that just sorting the good advice from the bad can feel impossible. Where do you go for reliable info?
Q: People sometimes have the tendency to bite off more than they can chew (no pun intended). They aim for a big change, and then get discouraged and fall into old habits. What’s a good way to maintain the momentum?
Some specific ways to begin:
•Take your vitamins. This doesn’t require joining a club or going to some giant vitamin store. Just buy a big bottle of multivitamins—generics are fine—and take one every day. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, add some additional B vitamins to the mix.
•Get more sleep. However much you’re getting, it’s probably not enough. Again, start small: go to bed fifteen minutes earlier every night for two weeks. Then 30 minutes. If you can. That one change can have a major (and positive) effect on your mood and your energy.
Q: Cutting out certain behaviors or foods is one thing, but adding good habits, like exercise, can sometimes be even more difficult. How can people give themselves the best shot?
A: First, remember this simple fact: All weight loss comes down to calorie reduction—burning more calories than you consume. There are no exceptions to this. At all.
Another fact to keep in mind: you might hate exercising. Some people love it, and some don’t – that’s just the way it is. But while you may hate exercising, you will love having exercised. The first time you don’t pant going up stairs, or you go down a belt size, you’ll know why you’re doing it.
Remember that the world is your gymnasium, and it doesn’t require a $10,000 mountain bike. Again, start small and easy: walk for 30 minutes twice a week. Then, ramp it up to three times a week. Do this for at least a 90 days before you buy a single piece of exercise equipment – the world already has too many treadmills-turned-clothing-hangers.