A recent article by the NY Post showed that American’s waste around $18,000 a year on non-essential expenses. Purchases such as cable, Netflix, eating out, music streaming, subscription boxes and impulse purchases slowly add up to take a large share of the average American’s spending power. This helps to show how the average household has a credit card debt of over $16,000.
Recognizing the ease of getting Americans to agree to spend another $10-$20 a month, many gyms in the commercial fitness industry have priced their memberships as such. This has unfortunately led to many unused gym memberships, an ever-increasing American waist line, and an ongoing misconception of what investing in your body is really about.
As the average American debt increases, so does the average American BMI. The CDC recognizes that 40% of annual deaths from the top five leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, lower respiratory disease, unintentional injuries) are preventable. Think about that. Almost half of all premature deaths (before the age of 80) are preventable. That is a whole lot of lives.
What are you investing in your body? How much is your life worth? If you’re struggling to meet your health and fitness goals and aren’t working with a coach of some sort because you don’t think you can afford it, take a look at your expenses and see where your financial priorities lie. Is that cup of Starbucks worth your heart exploding at 55 during your child’s high school graduation? Is Netflix worth going blind from the poor management of the diabetes you got after retirement? Will all those Amazon prime purchases help keep your wife happy after you have a stroke while driving to work at 49?
My words are harsh but only because I don’t want that for you. I want to help you live a long and healthy life. If you’re struggling, let’s find a way to get you where you need to be. Let’s make the investment that really matters.