We often talk about money, savings, and personal capital.
These are important.
But we rarely talk about career capital, relationship capital, and health capital.
We should think more about these because they are no less important than money, and often play a role in earning money, lots of it.
That’s why I am writing this three post series.
For now, let’s start with health capital.
India is home to 90 Million Health Conscious Individuals (HCI’s).
HCI’s are health conscious affluent urban Indians who are both aware and concerned about lifestyle-related health issues.
But not everyone in this group is doing everything they can to work on their health.
Being conscious is a start but what you do about it is more important.
Think about how you assess your financial health.
You take a look at your finances, the money you have, the money you owe, your assets and your investments.
Those who are more aware and keen to do it right work with a financial expert, an advisor or planner depending on their needs.
You need to assess your health capital in the same way.
Chances are you already know where you stand in terms of health – ok, needs attention, or drastic change required based on how you feel.
Now, you can go one step forward by looking at some basic indicators of health.
Leading nutrition expert Rujuta Diwekar says that acidity levels in your body, how well you sleep and the intensity of your cravings are simple indicators of how healthy you are.
If you sleep well, do not have acidity like a large part of the population and don’t have severe cravings for any food item you should consider yourself in decent health.
If everything does not seem alright or if based on your age, you are keen on getting an expert opinion then start with a body scan. Based on the results you can start working with a diet expert, a fitness expert, or a medical practitioner.
While you do all this, take steps to build your health capital.
To do this, create good sleep/waking habits, balanced work habits, and eating habits.
Start with simple daily actions.
- Meditate for 3-5 minutes right after you wake up
- Walk for 10 minutes or longer right after you finish this
- Do 1 push up right after your toilet break
- Slow down your pace of eating, chewing each bite longer
- Increase time between your last meal of the day and bedtime
- Schedule time for breaks after long work sprints
If you are keen on big changes then you can incorporate a weekly fast in your life or if you can remove one meal from your daily diet.
It is important to pay attention to your health capital because it funds your ability to build other forms of capital in your life.
If you are healthy you can build your career capital which in turn will help you build financial capital. With good health, you’ll also have energy to invest in your relationships to build your relationship capital.
The power of compounding does not only apply to your savings account. What you do with your health now will pay dividends in years to come.
In the next post, I’ll write about how you can build relationship capital. Stay tuned.