Healthy habits and your Financial Independence

Health & Wealth

Apr 17, 2023

A healthy lifestyle and financial independence are two of the most important goals that people strive to achieve. By achieving financial independence, you will not only have greater control over your future but also the freedom and flexibility to pursue your own passions and interests.

At first glance, it may be difficult to recognize the link between healthy habits and personal finances, but healthy habits play a role in achieving financial independence. Both require discipline and consistency to achieve goals in all aspects of your life. Without developing a healthy lifestyle, you may end up spending most of your limited time and resources correcting the negative impact that unhealthy habits can cause. Therefore, taking good care of your health should be a top priority, if you are serious about attaining financial independence and a long and healthy life.

Let us look at the steps to developing healthy habits and to limit the negative impact unhealthy habits may have on your financial health.

Firstly, start by incorporating regular exercise, a balanced diet, and get adequate sleep into your daily routine. Like finances, the principle of proper maintenance also applies to your body. A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases that may require expensive treatments and ongoing care.

Secondly, build an emergency fund. It is important to anticipate emergencies that can arise due to unexpected health challenges. Building an emergency fund can help you cover urgent medical expenses without having to incur debt or having to take money from your investment funds.

Thirdly, take advantage of any benefits available to you. These may include health insurance, low-cost loans, and wellness programs. These benefits can save you money while helping to cover your health needs. 

Proper retirement planning is also critical for financial independence. This should be started early in life by setting your retirement goals, estimating the amount of money you will need, and investing to maximize your retirement savings. If you have not already done so, start your retirement planning today as this is essential for your physical and emotional health later in life.

Finally, get rid of bad habits, these can ruin your health and erode your savings. Health complications can be very costly as healthcare can be very expensive.

Achieving financial independence requires a combination of healthy lifestyle choices, careful planning, and responsible financial management. This does not happen overnight- It takes time to change unhealthy habits and to build healthy ones. With effort and commitment, you can achieve financial freedom while enjoying good health.

Always speak with a certified financial advisor when making investment plans.

Lisa Minto is the Assistant Vice-President, Personal Financial Planning at Sterling Asset Management. Sterling provides financial advice and instruments in U.S. dollars and other hard currencies to the corporate, individual and institutional investor. Visit our website at

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