It’s no secret that the poor struggle more with obesity and other health problems than the rich. Unfortunately, obesity sets off a cascade of health problems. Those health problems cause a terrible feedback loop.
- The poor are unhealthy and don’t feel well, so they can’t work as much—their income doesn’t increase.
- Their medical bills, frequent trips to the dentist/chiropractor/eye-doctor, and re-ordering prescription drugs continue to pile up. They get poorer and poorer as they get older and older.
- They don’t have the stress-free time and energy to invest in the health, allowing their brain to work its best.
In a 1999 published article titled Healthy Bodies and Thick Wallets: The Dual Relation Between Health and Economic Status, the author found that those in excellent health have 74% more wealth than those in poor health.
And if you’re familiar with the concept of compounding investments, paying three grand out in medical expenses and out-of-pocket fees isn’t just a cost of $3,000. Three grand over 20 years compounded at a modest 9% gain is 18,000 dollars removed from their wealth:
A 2016 article looked at diabetes and economic growth. Right now, almost 12% of all healthcare bills are spent on diabetes.
“Diabetes, and other preventable non-communicable diseases, can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity while at work, inability to work as a result of disease-related disability, and lost productive capacity due to early mortality and exclusion from the workplace to take care of sick family members.”
On the flip side, someone who is healthy can continue to do deep, focused work. They can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time, earning more and more income. Then as they age, they get another advantage—valuable experience combined with a youthful razor-sharp brain.
If you’re under 40 and reading this, it might sound like it has nothing to do with you. But you don’t just wake up one day with a disease like diabetes or dementia.
It starts drip by drip. In fact, evidence shows that it can begin as early as your thirties.
Just like you start losing muscle in your thirties (sarcopenia), if you don’t exercise and eat well—you can lose your cardiovascular fitness (linked to brain health) and begin mounting chronic inflammation, which erodes all aspects of your health.
We all die. I have no desire to live forever on this earth, but there are simple ways to feel great and limit chronic inflammation and disease progression. And the cool thing is, doing these techniques can be combined with a diet that makes you bigger and stronger.
After all, what’s the point of getting a six-pack if you don’t feel amazingly healthy? What we really want is the look that goes hand in hand with the health.
The good news is getting healthy does help you look better. For example, testosterone has an inverted-relationship with diabetes. That means as you increase your natural levels of testosterone, you lower your risk of getting diabetes. Testosterone helps you have more lean mass and less fat (and stubborn belly fat.)
Being healthy allows you to focus on what it is that you do. It allows you to show up consistently, perform well, and stay at the top of your game.
But there’s a big problem.
The truth is, it’s incredibly hard to focus your motivation on solving a problem that won’t happen to you—in the present. It’ll only happen to you twenty years from now. Research says we see the “future” version of ourselves, almost like strangers—not ourselves.
From my experience, it’s a lot easier to motivate people’s actions to focus on looking badass. We tell ourselves we want to be healthy with our logical brain, but looking better is what puts our feet in motion.
The good news is that if you do it right, the things that will help you look better will also improve your short-term health and long-term health. And then improving your health ought to increase your wealth.
- Lifting weights will improve your insulin sensitivity and increase your testosterone.
- Doing some HIIT training will improve your vo2 max and reduce the chances of diabetes.
- Going for a walk outside in the sunshine will release antioxidants from your muscles and heart, and you’ll get nitric oxide release from the ultraviolet rays and vitamin D.
- There are simple lifestyle switches you can do to minimize chronic inflammation. All those things will help you lean out and become stronger.
If you want to know how to rapidly put these principles into action—I suggest you take a look at our True Gains program.