Why your health should be your investment priority in 2015
You’ve probably never thought of your health as an asset before, but maybe you should. As we age, hopefully we accumulate some wealth and assets by putting money into retirement plans and other investment vehicles. It’s nice because we can check on its value and have some piece of mind that we can call upon later in life.
But, what’s the point if we’re not healthy enough to enjoy those assets, we’re spending all those hard earned dollars on medical care, or worse yet, those investments outlive us?
I’ll be upfront. A gym membership is generally NOT a good investment. Why? Because most gyms are relatively inexpensive, so you don’t feel too guilty when you skip going. For a multitude of reasons, people skip going a lot! In fact, 67% of people with gym memberships don’t go.
Plus, most people join a gym for all the wrong reasons. They join on impulse because they’ve been drawn in by a low monthly fee and the annual “gotta get in shape” resolution.
Fitness, no matter how you do it, is an investment in long term health and well-being.
To make matters worse, on average we’re spending $70/week on habits that are contributing to our demise: speciality coffee drinks, fast food, empty-calorie snack foods, and flavored beverages/soft drinks! Taken alone, they seem fairly harmless, but when you add up all those items each week, week after week, year after year – well, enough said.
Ouch! That’s a lot of poorly invested money. But, regardless of how old you are, or what bad habits you presently have, there is a way to turn things around:
Truly commit to investing in your health. Find an exercise program that not only works, but will cost enough that it hurts when you don’t go. Before you go telling yourself that a certain gym is “too expensive,” remember that poorly invested money I just talked about?
Only go to a gym that is willing to be your ally. If they don’t know your name, understand your goals, encourage you and workout with you, they could care less about your goals.
Consider a short-term program to start with. If your only option at a gym is a one-year membership, go elsewhere. A gym that offers 3- or 6- month memberships, personal training programs, or a weight-loss challenge are all good options.
Find a gym that provides a balanced strength training and metabolic workout program. You won’t lose much weight, get stronger or improve your fitness spending an hour on the treadmill everyday. Plus, you’ll get bored and stop going.
Determine your “why” and don’t lose sight of it. You really have to figure out why you want to be fit, or lose weight. That “why” needs to become your “mantra,” your reason for getting out of bed and into the gym. If you don’t know your “why,” how will you stay motivated? A lot of our clients mention things like wanting to be healthy enough to travel when they retire, avoid taking numerous medications as they age, be around when the grandkids are born, be fit enough to participate in physical activities without limitations. What’s your “why”?
If you’re ready to make the investment in your health, we’re happy to help you make the investment pay off!
Call us at 703-754-0161 or schedule a Free Fitness Evaluation. Our 12-week Extreme Body Transformation Challenge is an excellent way to kickstart a fitness program. It starts January 10th – just in time for those resolutions!
Owner/Director of Training
Next Level Fitness & Performance