Is health the new wealth?  3



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We all know the saying, ‘the rich get richer’ but what about a more recent phenomenon – the rich get healthier? To live a healthy lifestyle costs an exorbitant amount. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “health bragging has become the ultimate boast” instead of showing off our new car or designer handbag, it is now more acceptable to express your privilege and luxury with an expression of wellness.

For instance, this cohort attend trendy fitness classes, drink green smoothies, take vitamins and supplements and of course, will have the latest workout outfit for each activity. So unlike the single big purchase items to show wealth in the past, this wellness symbol has become a daily habit.

Allegedly, people are investing in themselves as if they are a product they want to last longer. For instance, instead of buying a cheap and cheerful meal at a fast food restaurant, people are beginning to view these day-to-day choices as having a life-long impact on their health and happiness. They are striving to live longer so justify this wellness lifestyle despite the cost. Although if wellness is considered the new status symbol and trend, will it decline or is it possible to sustain this lifestyle? Shouldn’t healthy living be a way of life rather than a status symbol?

The Sydney Morning Herald suggests that “while we can’t all get rich, we can all get healthy, or at least try”. However, as we’ve just pointed out, this healthy lifestyle is expensive so can we really all get healthy?

Do you feel the pressure to jump on the health trend bandwagon? What are your thoughts on this social issue? Share with us below!

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  1. No pressure, but it’s true. We can all try to be the healthiest we are able to be.

  2. I have to agree with Lynn that the article describes a lot of people and yes we should all strive to be as healthy as we possibly can be.

    I have met many of these people who are “bragging” their healthy ways regardless of the cost. Most are in their 30’s and 40’s and they “look” great although, in some cases, their wallets don’t always reflect that.

    Yes, they can do a mile in less than five minutes and spend an hour or more a day in the gym. And so they should be able to given all the “luxuries” many of them can afford.

    Back in my 30’s and 40’s I’d have given them a run for their money in the gym, on the cross country runs and in the swimming pool. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

    While they have a so-called healthy body, many have forgotten to get their frame of mind into a healthy “positive” attitude. I don’t mean they don’t tell themselves “I think I can” like the little locomotive that could to keep them going toward their physical goal. They already know they can.

    Not all of them but a significantly high percentage of these “healthy” bodies are so wrapped up in their own narcissistic, self-important and “privileged” life that they can’t see, say or do anything positive about anything around them, except themselves.

    Maybe I can’t do the mile in under five minutes anymore and I can’t swim like the fish I used to be and that’s because I’m now in my 60’s and the arthritis I have in my SI joints took a liking to me back in my late 20’s and progressively got worse.

    But maybe it’s my old age, compared to theirs, that brings me to my point. That there is no use having a wonderfully healthy body if all your time is spent looking at yourself or making sure everybody else knows how beautiful you are.

    It’s always been about what’s inside that counts and if the mental core is rotten, defective or negative all the time, it won’t take long for others to look past your beauty regardless of what it cost and see the real you.

  3. I’m trying, but the exercise bit is hard to keep up, and I do like chocolate. However, buying fresh in-season food is no more expensive than processed & ready made meals (just not so convenient sometimes!) and if you have a healthy diet you don’t really need supplements.

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