Fitness for Life: The 5 reasons why health and fitness is so cheap!

There is a huge misconception out there that getting fit is just too expensive. I can’t tell you how many times, as a personal trainer, I have been told, “I just can’t afford it”.  I realise that the cost of a gym membership, a personal trainer or a coaching program may seem like a lot of money at the time, but what price do you put on your life?

I was lucky enough to catch a few minutes of Dr Oz on TV the other day and I saw a segment where he showed a deceased person’s intestines and he asked an audience member to feel the texture at various points.

The audience member felt the large intestine and confirmed that it was extremely hard. Dr Oz then went on to explain that what she was feeling was actually poo! It was rock solid. He then told the audience members the damage that a poo of this type can do. It was so distressing, even to a health freak like me, that I vowed never to eat fatty fried food again.

We all do think thoughts of health for a fleeting moment after such a profound realisation however we then go on and buy that bucket of hot chips anyway. I for one am as guilty of that as the next person!

So why are we all happy to spend those few dollars on hot chips or other fatty foods over and over again but we cringe at the thought of spending our hard earned cash on health?

My answer is that it is all just a matter of perception. We spend thousands and thousands of hard earned dollars buying food each year to feed us to keep us alive yet we think that fitness is just an expense. Well what really is the difference between food and fitness? Don’t they go hand in hand?

Look at it this way,  you need food to survive but you need to move to burn off excess food. You also need to move for the following reason:

  • To keep your joints mobile and fluid,
  • Your muscles pump lymphatic fluid around your body and this is what keeps your immune system functioning (i.e. – it keeps the bugs away),
  • Keeps your heart strong as it is a muscle just like any other part of your body (although it is slightly more sophisticated),
  • Keeps you energised, awake and alert,
  • Keeps your brain functioning.

So effectively, you can’t have one without the other. You can’t have food without the movement. If you don’t eat you die. If you don’t move you die (probably from another cause such as influenza or by being hit by a bus due to lack of concentration, but the result is the same).

The reason I know this is because my dad is a quadriplegic and he has to be put on machines in order to get his body to move. Regardless of the fact he cannot move from the chest down, he must be made to move in order for his body to work.

So now we know just how important fitness is, why is it so affordable?

  1. Personal Training can cost as little as $25 per session in a small group: – For one week, add up the amount of money you spend on junk such as DVD’s, unhealthy food, unnecessary items and you will probably find out you could have paid for at least one PT session.
  2. Walking or running outdoors is FREE! You can take it with you anywhere you go and it doesn’t have to cost you a cent.
  3. Your bodyweight is the best weight you can use to get strong. Push ups, tricep dips, lunges…they are all fantastic, effective exercises that you can do in your living room.
  4. You can join a gym for less than you spend on coffee each day. Most gyms only cost around $2.80 per day. That’s less than a regular coffee!  Put it into perspective and see that when broken down over the period of a month, it doesn’t cost you that much at all.
  5. You can’t afford NOT to get fit. Your body is just like a car, it needs to be used or it will shut down. What price do you put on your mobility? I know my dad would give anything to be able to go for a run, do a sit up or a push up just one more time. What’s stopping you?

So there you have it. You really CAN afford to get fit. Now all you need to do is change the way you think about the cost.

The truth is, getting fit is NOT an expense. It is NOT something else to pay for. Getting fit is the best investment you will EVER make. It is an investment in your future. It is an investment that can provide you with a long, mobile life.

Just like anti-wrinkle creams, although starting an exercise program can benefit you when you get older, you will get the best results if you start now. Don’t leave it a second longer. There are no more excuses left….Get your butt off the couch and MOVE people!

I would love to know your thoughts on investing in fitness. Are you doing it and if so, how has it affected your life?