Health Makes Wealth

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Life Lessons, Mindsetting on July 12, 2008

Health is wealth states the old saying. Indeed, a proper well-being is one of the most precious possessions we can have in this world. It is a treasure we should always remember to protect and take good care of. There’s no argument here and I know you fully understand my point. In fact, even plain common sense would rightly agree.

However, it’s quite ironic that some of us don’t really give this adage much weight in our lives. I have friends who overwork themselves in the office. Some of them drink beer as if it’s water. I even know people who had never broken sweat over exercise for the longest time. And no, I’m not counting myself out, for I’m also guilty of a few unhealthy habits that I consciously perpetuate.

So why do we do this? I know it’s not because we don’t know that these are self-detrimental. It’s not even because we have no healthier alternatives and better choices. Well is it because we believe that being young warrants us to ignore our health; thinking that sickness only befall the weak and old? Maybe that’s the reason, but I don’t really know.


These were my thoughts the other day as I was finishing my jog on the treadmill at the gym. I do have this habit of zoning out and dwelling inside my head when I do my exercise routine. Perhaps I looked troubled and conflicted during that time because another gym member took notice and asked me if I was all right.

I snapped out of my trance and answered that I am fine. A bit embarrassed on what just happened and also wanting to catch my breath from the run, I decided to sit and rest for a bit. It was around two o’clock in the afternoon, a time when most people are working in the office. I looked around the gym and saw the bustling crowd and assumed that these people are probably not part of the corporate world.

I began to think and imagine. Most of these health buffs are probably freelancers or business owners, because they could afford to be at the gym during this time. As I silently watched these people go about their fitness routines, a realization came to me. Health is not only wealth; health also makes wealth.

Here’s why:


  • Physical health is the foundation. It allows us to work efficiently. It is the kinetic energy that gives us power to do our tasks and achieve our goals.
  • Emotional health are the columns. It supports our enthusiasm to work. It is the positive energy that keeps us motivated and helps us overcome failures.
  • Mental health makes the roof. It shelters the problem solving and decision making skills that optimize our work. It is the creative energy that allows us to see opportunities and leverage our resources.
  • Spiritual health forms the wall. It keeps the purpose why we work. It is the light energy that gives sense to our actions and meaning to our life.

Together, they form a house that becomes the home of your wealth and your dreams. So make your life healthy.

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13 Responses to “Health Makes Wealth”

  1. Naalala ko yung sinabe ng speaker dati nung nagretreat kami. Pag mejo bata pa daw tayo, ‘we lose health just to gain wealth’, pag matanda na daw, ‘we lose wealth just to gain health’. I guess this applies in all of us. :-)

  2. gladita says:

    How true indeed. That’s something I’m thankful for. It’s ok that I’m broke as long as I’m healthy. Money is easy to find but good health is not.

  3. noemi says:

    Like you my thoughts are on the people who are at the gym around 2PM. They must have the luxury of flexible time. I regret not taking care of myself years ago but doing nothing at all today would have made me even sicker. At 31, you are doing a good job by being aware of it already. I try to inculcate the same to my kids. I hope it rubs in on them. Health makes wealth. Nice entry, Fitz!

  4. dimaks says:

    ironically at some point, sleeplessness in the life of a blogger is an interesting factor to take a look :) blog entries makes wealth too.

    very nice entry Fitz!

  5. Mi says:

    I’m dieting already. There’s this person at work who’s sooooo huge that he’s on steroids everyday. There are times he can barely walk because his feet are swelled up. I don’t want to end up like that. No work = No money!!! But then, No money = no noodles. So I’m a little worried… No noodles = no happiness, and No happiness = no life!!!

  6. Fitz says:

    @Pinoy Nurse
    That’s a very enlightening quote, a good one which we should all ponder upon. Thanks for sharing that one.

    I agree, money is easier to achieve than good health. :)

    Thanks and hope to bump into you at the gym one of these days. ๐Ÿ˜€

    As a blogger, I know how most of us sacrifice sleep just to maintain and monetize our blogs. However, we should all remember that if we’re sick, then we can’t blog – I learned this lesson a few months back from Bill Cosby.

    I’m not a real fan of diets. I’m a firm believer of lifestyle changes and proper eating habits to lose weight. I used to be really fat at 230lbs. I’ve slowly trimmed down to 170lbs within two years just by going to the gym at least thrice a week and eating 5-6 times a day. Yes, I eat that often!

    Small proportions at higher frequencies = no hunger pangs and self-pity = more success at losing weight. :)

    Thanks everyone for the comments!

  7. kung aq p.pipiliin, i’ll choose health better than wealth. d bale nang d ka masyadong mayaman bsta healthy ka, ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Lee Angelo says:

    How can one enjoy his hard-earned wealth if he is so sickly even to travel and have a walk in a park. Nice post! Simple yet so true!

  9. says:

    great post. i like it

  10. icezorg says:

    share ko lang yung song that I learned from a nursery rhyme song book (I forgot the exact title of the book). It says, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” hehe.

  11. karen kate navarro says:

    i want to put this in our research study…

    its just that im not sure if it will be valid coz i cant seem to find the author…

    anyway i strongly agree with everything you said :)

  12. Great site! Nice to see others sharing these ideas

  13. edward says:

    Health is wealth indeed but with recession today many people forget how to apply good habits when it come to maintaining health. Eating the right food need not to be expensive.

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