All health care costs money.

Money is a lot easier to make when you’re healthy.

You may be thinking that you don’t have time to make habits like diet, exercise and sleep a priority.

However, you might reconsider when you think about the many financial reasons to prioritize your health.

Healthy people are less likely to get sick and miss work. If you’re a contractor, missed days at work mean you’re not making any money. If you’re employed, missing too many days can prevent you from a promotion or a raise. You’re also less reliable if you’re often sick, thus more likely to be fired from a job.

Healthier people are also less expensive to insure.

Healthier people have less doctors’ visits.

Healthier people spend less money on medications.

If you save $200 a month for a year in a bank account at 1% interest you will have $2,424 at the end of the year.

What if you could have lost 30-50 pounds during those same 12 months? Would you have paid $2424 to add decades to your life?

If you invest that $200 a month with an investment return of 8% you will have $14,695.37 after 5 years.

Being overweight is also associated with the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Invest wisely.