If you’re like many Americans, you may have recently received your federal and state tax returns. People use these sudden windfalls of money for lots of different things. Some spend it all in short shopping sprees, while others use it to pay bills or stow it away in savings. If you’re interested in improving your health – especially your heart – it’s possible to invest some of that money directly toward that.
If you don’t already belong to a gym, you can use some of your tax return money to join one. There are a lot of different gyms to fit people’s personal goals and aspirations. There are entry-level gyms with basic cardio and weight equipment, some of which cost as little as $10 per month. There are also more specialized gyms focused on cycling, boxing, and other activities, some of which can cost a little more, but can be worth it if you’re looking for something very specific. Just read the fine print and be mindful of startup fees and annual contracts when joining! Regardless of the facility you choose, you’ll be able to exercise, which has tremendous benefits for your heart.
Sometimes it can also feel like eating healthy is more expensive than not, and that can be true. For example, it’s not unusual to find that whole grain pasta can cost 50 cents more than regular, or that sugar free oatmeal is more expensive than oatmeal with sugar. But you can’t put a price on your health, and sometimes it takes a really close call for us to realize that. By proactively making healthier eating choices, you can make it less likely that you’ll have one of those close calls. Remember, your health is defined by the rules and habits you live by, not the exceptions.
You can also invest in the more traditional sense of contributing to a company or project that you believe in. BIOLIFE4D is raising funds to develop transplantable human hearts from patients’ own cells, ultimately saving lives. Taking one in three lives in the developed world, heart disease is the world’s leading killer. Many of these lives would be saved with heart transplants, but there are only so many to go around. If you’re fortunate enough to receive a transplant, your body could reject it as a foreign object. We’re looking to solve both of these problems, and we need investors like you to make it possible.