The First Wealth is Health

The First Wealth is Health

The First Health is Wealth
“The first wealth is health.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re a bit late saying Happy New Year to all but we do sincerely wish every visitor a wonderful New Year. Many begin a journey towards a healthier lifestyle at this time of year, and many are finding themselves in financial distress. This can make it difficult to diet and to get motivated to exercise. However, without our health, we truly have nothing so to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, always remember that “The first wealth is health“.

To get the first wealth is health mentality, we need to commit to taking care of ourselves. A good start is exercise, if you are not already into routine fitness. Being reasonably fit gives you the energy for every day tasks.

Exercise Equals Energy

Exercise speeds up metabolism and heart rate and increases energy. There is your first step to The First Health is Wealth!

Making time for fitness is possibly the most difficult part of becoming fit. It’s not your body that holds you back as much as your mind. “I don’t have time to exercise.” “I don’t feel like it.” “I’m not an athlete.” “It’s so boring.” Do these statements sound familiar? They’re the most common excuses people come up with to avoid exercise and fitness.
The truth of the matter is, if you don’t feel up to exercise, you probably need it the most. Exercise speeds up metabolism and heart rate and increases energy. It’s easier to find time to exercise when you feel you have the energy to complete your daily tasks.

Much like the vicious cycle of no energy and lack of accomplishment, exercise creates energy which enables you to accomplish more. Try taking it one day at a time. The more you do, the more energy you will have. Eventually the exercise habit will replace the couch potato habit.

And then you will understand just how true the simple saying, The First Health is Wealth is.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing