One of the simplest strategies for accumulating wealth is to live long. Generally if calamity does not befall you and you avoid serious mistakes, your wealth increases as you grow old. This is because of the magic of compounding. If you own some property and you don’t sell it for 30 years, the price will appreciate significantly.
Death is inevitable but easy to delay. The leading causes of death are known. The great majority of global deaths are caused by noncommunicable diseases. These diseases are not spread from person to person and include most heart diseases, cancers, strokes, diabetes, pressure, etc. Whereas we may not totally eliminate the chances of getting these illnesses we can greatly reduce the risk by leading a healthy lifestyle. The following simple routines can help:
- Eat healthy. Eat regular meals with as much natural food as possible. Avoid processed food, sugar, and a lot of salt. Reduce meat intake especially beef. Eat lots of vegetables, greens, nuts, and fruits.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is essential for our well being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease, and increased illness duration. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep daily.
- Mental well being. We live in a stressful environment and are constantly bombarded with negativity. Read something positive. Pray and meditate. Switch off the news. The world is not falling apart. On the contrary the quality of life an average human being leads is far better than the ancient kings. Many people have access to running water, electricity, the internet, cars, etc. Try to put things in perspective and you will realize that things are not as bad as the media might want you to believe. Cultivating a purpose for your life and nurturing meaningful relationships will help you keep focused amidst the worldly chaos.
- Don’t use a boda (bike). Most accidents are caused by boda bodas. Avoid them as much as possible. If you have to use one wear a helmet to reduce the risk.
- Physical exercise. Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life.
- Wear a seat belt. Studies show that wearing a seat belt can greatly reduce your chances of being killed in an accident. This simple routine can add a few years to your life.
- Drink water. Drink about 2 to 3 liters of water daily to boost your health.
- Routine medical checkups. Have a routine medical checkup to see how healthy you are. Check your Body Mass Index, Pressure, Diabetes, Cancer, COVID, etc. Catching these diseases early is essential to managing them effectively.
- Don’t sit for too long. Sitting is the new cancer. We drive while seated. Then we spend the whole day seated at work. We drive back seated. And then we watch TV while sitting. Sitting or lying down for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Too much sitting can also be bad for your mental health. Take regular breaks from your desk and walk around.
- Eliminate tobacco, drugs and alcohol. These toxins can cause a lot of damage to your vital organs. Eliminate or reduce intake of these.
- Control your sexual urges. The AIDS scourge is still upon us. Eliminate this risk by not sleeping around. In case you’re infected take medication consistently.
- Wear a mask, social distance and wash hands. Hand hygiene, avoiding crowds and wearing a mask can greatly reduce the risk of COVID infection. Stay safe.
These basic routines can greatly enhance the quality of our lives and keep illness and death at bay. If you couple these things with the basic finance stuff like having a purpose, working hard, saving, investing, and taking calculated risks; you will indeed end up very wealthy!
You can easily become very wealthy by living a healthy lifestyle and outliving your peers.