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23 Ways Getting In Shape Can Boost Your Finances

Jun 22, 2016

Watching your weight, exercising regularly, clocking a good night’s sleep, keeping stress in check—what’s good for your body can also be good for your finances.

Whether you realize it or not, your health and healthy finances are linked in countless ways. A bad habit like smoking burns a hole in your budget every time you light up. Being overweight tends to inflate the cost of your health care—a growing burden as employers and insurers ask you to bear a bigger portion of your medical bills. And a poor night’s sleep can damage your career if it leaves you sluggish and unproductive at work. Stress, too, takes at real toll at the office. In this "Get Healthy, Get Wealthy" package, you’ll learn all the ways your health and your money intersect, as well as free and money-smart ways to get on track. Here’s how to live and feel better—and improve your financial health along the way.

By Katherine Hobson, Ismat Sarah Mangla, and Elizabeth O’Brien

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Why Getting Off Your Bottom Is Good for Your Bottom Line
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It makes your wallet fatter.
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The Financial Rewards of Working Out
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Think of it as money calisthenics.
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160616_HEA_SlimDownTIP THE SCALES
Here's How Much You Can Save by Slimming Down
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Find out what help is worth paying for.
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UP IN SMOKE
The Habit That's Costing You More Than $1 Million
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Snuff it out to save big.
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BRIGHT IDEA
Why Staying Sharp is a Smart Money Move
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Financial decision-making declines with age.
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INHALE, EXHALE
How to Stress Less About Money
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Meditate on this.
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ZZZ...
Use These Tricks for a Better Night's Sleep
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Count dollars, not sheep.
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OUNCE OF PREVENTION
4 Health Moves to Make Now That Will Pay Off Later
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It's never too late to start.
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DIGITAL DIET
The Best Free Health and Fitness Apps
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Put a health coach in your pocket.
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