What are your most important investments?
Planning your financial freedom?
Planning for a comfortable retirement?
How about investing in your child’s college education?
We would both agree those are very important considerations. However, what is appropriate for investing in your health?
A more important question is, why is it important?
I recently read an article about a professional football player, James Harrison. A few facts about James Harrison:
-He is 39 years old, and a linebacker, which is unheard of in the rigorous physicality of the National Football League. Most stars who play his position and other positions have either hung it up or are past their prime and of no use for teams.
-He was elected as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year by NFL Alumni in 2008.
-Earned five straight Pro Bowl selections (2007-11)
In summary, James is no slouch!
What is unique about James is the care he has for his health and his life. He spends over $300,000 of HIS money every year on his health care.
For his muscles to handle the lifting sessions and the NFL grind, Harrison says he needs an acupuncturist, a dry needlist, three massage therapists, two chiropractors and a person who does cupping. He flies them to all his games and sees each of them at least once per week.
It is estimated that Harrison has made over $70 million over the course of his 14 years in the league.
As Harrison puts it, “When it comes down to it, what I make versus what I spend, the payout is worth it based on how I feel.”
How can you apply this to your own life? What is it worth for you to be the healthiest you can be so that you can maximize your earning potential, and function and feel the best you can?
That’s something only you can answer, but when you read a story like Harrison’s, it makes sense to protect the greatest investment you have, your health!