If our financial advisor were to ask us to list our most important assets, more than likely our mind would gravitate towards our house, car, tv, etc, but would we consider our body, our health?

Today, when we hear the word asset we typically think of the things we own, not the things we truly need or value.

Fact is, our bodies are the most important asset in our care and yet for most people it is a real struggle to take basic care of it.

Why do you think that is?

If a long and happy life is our priority then it would seemingly go without saying that having a healthy body would make that easier, right?

Despite this rather obvious truth, obesity and malnutrition as well as poor physical fitness are still near epidemic levels across the globe.

Given that we only have one body for the duration of our lives, one would think taking care of it would be a high priority or at least a higher priority then our car, house, etc. However, the data tells a different story.

Now, it is fair to say that for many people they may not know their diet is harming their body and surely the same could be said for their levels of physical activity, but could we in the first world honestly claim that we hadn’t heard we should avoid sugar or spend time in a gym?

For most of us, we know what we are supposed to do, we just choose or feel we can’t do it.

Being disciplined in our diet or opting for healthier options can be a challenge for innumerable reasons (costs, lack of time, etc), but do we take the time to seriously consider the consequences of neglecting our bodies? If we don’t, it seems we probably should, like now!

Maybe we have come to appreciate the taste of cheap, fast food more than the healthier alternative. Maybe consuming sugar just makes us feel good and we just need that little lift every night. Maybe we feel exhausted when we get home from work and there just isn’t energy to work out.

Whatever our reasons for not opting for a healthier lifestyle, our opting-out will more than likely come back to haunt us later.

So, time to start considering the future health and happiness of our future-self by making changes in how we treat our bodies today to ensure we will benefit tomorrow.

Here are a few of the most important ways you can respect your body and therefore help ensure a healthier and happier future.

13 Habits Linked to a Long Life (Backed by Science)