What a stupid question, right? I mean, who wouldn’t know why you would want to maintain good health or why good health is important for you? However, one would be surprised to know that over 95% of the global population suffers from some kind of illness. It is true that some ailments befall even those who have a rigorously strict lifestyle to maintain their good health, but if we consider them anomalous, we would agree that it is more likely for you to fall sick if your cholesterol levels are skyrocketing or your hemoglobin levels are running low.
Before we dive into the importance of good health and why you need to maintain it apart from avoiding sickness whether it is right before an exam or an important interview, let us first know what is a healthy lifestyle anyway?
What is a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle is the one you keep procrastinating over, or thinking about but never really getting around to do it. Just kidding, though. But for real, how many times have you thought of drinking 8 glasses of water every day but end up falling short of your target? Or when you decided to run on a treadmill regularly but gave that up a few days later because you were just ‘too lazy’?
A healthy lifestyle is one where we try not only to maintain a balanced diet (eating only as many calories as you can burn on the same day) but exercise regularly; both physically and mentally. Because if we are mentally ill, no physical good health can change anything for us.
Now on to 4 importance of good health:
1. Feeling entirely in control of your life.
All of you know how it feels when you fall sick. You need someone to take care of you because you simply aren’t able to. And although being taken care of does feel good now and then, you wouldn’t like it when the sense of dependability befalls you. To be entirely dependent upon someone to do all those basic tasks for you that once you could do on your own, it surely makes one question their purpose, doesn’t it? Especially for someone who values productivity and progress through life and ensures they have goals to work towards, knowing they won’t be able to do this just because they couldn’t take care of their health is soul-crushing.
2. More time on your hands.
Think about it; you go to bed on time and so you wake up early feeling good and ready to start your day. You get things done quicker in the morning because the probability is many people are still asleep and you get to have a peaceful environment. With exercising regularly, you are less likely to gain weight and this directly reduces the amount of time it would take you to stress over it in the future. Having a balanced diet means you keep things in check within your body so your skin is less likely to break out, in turn decreasing the chances of you obsessing over it in the future.
3. You save money.
Bad health is directly related to spending a lot of money on things you are better without, such as fast food, alcohol, cigarettes, but above all bad health equals a lot of diseases that can attack your body and thus a lot of money. Rehabilitation takes an immense amount of time and consumes a large amount of money that many aren’t able to afford. To be an addict, you need to be rich, as the saying goes.
4. You remain sane.
What happens when you are running a very high fever with a bad cough and a runny nose? You hate yourself, don’t you? You are absolutely disgusted with the phlegm, with the way you look, and you wish your life to be over if you don’t get better that day. That is what bad health does to us. To maintain good health is to ensure mental well-being and not nihilistic episodes ending with despair.
Good health is important because without it we would not be our best versions, and not at all someone we had imagined we would be when we were kids.