According to MoneyNing.com, a popular personal finance blog, “health care spending reached an all time high of 18.2% of GDP in the United States in June of 2011.” Whether you place the blame on individuals or the health care industry as a whole, one thing is clear – something needs to change.

In the blog’s recently published article, a former college athlete writes of his struggles with chronic knee and foot pain, and everything he tried to help alleviate it – “tape, braces, medications, orthotics” – before finally discovering Vibram Five Fingers, the fortified toe socks that are becoming increasingly popular for their unique design that simulates being barefoot. The cutting-edge running shoes definitely helped this particular athlete:

“Within a couple of weeks my pain had disappeared. Once I returned to my natural body mechanics, my muscles and joints healed quickly… I paid $70 for my Vibram Five Fingers five years ago, and I still use them today when I feel pain approaching. They saved me from requiring surgery and from contributing to the bloated health care industry. They may have saved my athletic career too.”

AJ Pettersen’s review of Vibram Five Fingers reminds us of similar things we’ve heard about – yep, you guessed it! – the BackJoy® Posture+. It seems that more and more people are coming to the same conclusion: When you can gently and naturally encourage your body to correct itself and maintain the proper alignment, this can help save you money, time and pain – immediately, and also years down the road. Instead of relying on medications or (even worse) surgical procedures to fix problems once they have developed, you can take preventative measures to keep your body strong and healthy. These include regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and products like the ones we sell at BackJoy.com.

As Pettersen says, “Your health is your most important asset in life. It is what keeps you alive and vibrant.”

Click here to read the entire article – and click here to learn more about BackJoy products. And please feel free to leave us a comment below while you’re at it – “Are you working out to stay healthy? What one change can you make that will improve your health and save you money?”

By Liana Orenstein