In a recent press conference, James Harrison, a football player was asked how he has managed to stay in such great health despite being in the NFL for over 10 years and being 35 years old. James responded that he invests a lot into bodywork and natural health, up to $600,000 a year on bodywork.
How does it all add up? James gets 2-4 hour massages every day. He also receives acupuncture, chiropractic work, and homeopathic medicine.
I was watching ESPN when I heard this, and the commentators started making fun of James and saying how ridiculous this was. However, I’ve massaged football players, and let me tell you, most of their bodies are seriously jacked up. All of the constant impact, falling, tackling, running. It seriously takes a toll on the body like nothing else I’ve ever seen. I once heard that one year of playing football adds 6-10 years to the age of your body. So a 30 year old could have the body of a 60 year old when he retires.
So if you’re stingy with your wealth and refuse to spend it on preventative medicine, you’ll certainly spend it later on surgeries, pain medications, etc.
Although many would consider this excessive, this man makes millions of dollars in a physically debilitating sport. It’s only right that he reinvest a large portion of that wealth back into his own health. We should all reinvest our income into maintaining the health and wellbeing of our body.
It’s funny that at first people admired James for his usually good health, but then ridicule how he maintains that health. Let’s learn from it. Instead of that new car, those new shoes, or a bigger house, why not make a serious investment in our health. Get a massage because stress kills. Buy that yoga class membership to nurture your body. Get acupuncture instead of taking medication to cure that migraine. What you do today contributes to how good you feel, how much energy you have, and how much pain you’ll experience in the future.
I feel better today than I did in my early 20’s, and I’m 30 now and had a baby. But I’ve spent the last 10 years nurturing my health in ways I didn’t do during my teens and 20’s. So now, I’m enjoying all of the residual effects of that effort.
So invest in your health. The clothes, jewelry, and cars are nice, but they’re not going to sustain you for 10, 20, or 30 years down the road. Invest in your youth and vitality.
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