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Your health is an investment

Posted January 21, 2015 in Advice Column, Bondurant

People can’t afford to do something right the first time, but they can sure afford to do something wrong over and over again.

When someone finally decides to take charge of their life and get healthy there are two complaints we often hear. The first is that it’s too inconvenient to be healthy. In the second is that it’s too expensive to be healthy. To pay for a gym membership, pay for advice from a fitness professional, and purchase nutritional products may seem unnecessary to many people who are just starting on their fitness journey. However, it will save you big time in the long run.

To help explain my point, consider this; if your car breaks down and you take it to the shop they will give you an estimate that is startling. They may say it will cost a couple thousand dollars to fix your car. But they guarantee it will be fixed correctly. But that bill is scary! You’re tempted to seek out a cheaper option to fix your car. You take it to a little shop that says they can do it for half the price. But you soon find out that that small shop took shortcuts and the work did not last. Your decision could ultimately cost you thousands more than the initial guaranteed repair would have from the start.

We as fitness professionals deal with the same thing. A new person comes in and inquires about nutritional products and a gym membership. When we give a price quote sometimes they hesitate and contemplate trying to do it on their own. We usually hear a response such as “well I think I’m just going to do some workouts at my house and try to eat better to see if that gets me anywhere.” Six months down the road they are still in the same position of unhealthy habits. Zero success had.

When it comes to your health and fitness, I highly recommend looking at the cost in terms of TIME, not money. How much time will it take to succeed doing the shortcut option over and over? Will you see fluctuating results? Will you have lasting results?

Your health is an investment, not a cost. Being healthy does not have to be an inconvenience if you are willing to see it as an investment rather than an expense. If you take the time to do things right today, you will have more freedoms and better health to enjoy things in the future. If you are forever shortcutting, your life may be full of illness and end way too soon. Invest in you!

Information provided by Matt Sillanpaa, Brick House Fitness, 116 Brick St., Bondurant.

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