Pay the Price for Your Health – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Here’s another difficult point regarding your health that I want to address. When my partner and I debated (many years ago) the true meaning of “membership discount,” we decided that everyone’s health is not a place to give discounts. If your health isn’t important enough to pay for, then your health shouldn’t be that important.

Does that sound pretty tough? We find every excuse in the book to avoid paying for a gym membership and even more excuses not to work out. Then, when our health fails us, we have no choice but to pay the incredible medical costs to fix ourselves. In the long run, repairing it costs us much more than the price of lifelong prevention.

It’s not just about the “gym membership,” it’s about exercise and preventive health practices. Exercise can be as cheap as you need it, as simple as a pair of walking shoes. Yet so many of us refuse to pay and commit to it.

Yes, good exercise costs some money. No matter what people say, the best place to get exercise for your health is at a gym. Under the umbrella of a health club, you have the best opportunity to customize and maximize your exercise program to benefit your health and the needs of aging.

Buying equipment for your home is another great way to exercise. However, most housing units become really great “hangers” and dust collectors. Home equipment just doesn’t compare to the quality of commercial exercise equipment. Did you know that exercise bikes are one of the biggest financial industries in the country? In the “used market” it’s even bigger. We’ve all wasted money on some stupid exercise machine that’s gathering dust somewhere in our house.

There’s also this incentive that if you pay for something, there’s a much greater chance you’ll use it. Fitness clubs also have that peer pressure ability and accountability factor. You’ll be more likely to use the club if you know you’ll be meeting friends and co-workers.

After all, the variety is endless under the umbrella of a gym where you are rather limited in what you can do in your home. Being able to stir things up when they get boring is an important key to a lifelong commitment to exercise.

So why don’t we consider our health to be the absolute most important thing in our lives, so important that it’s a priority in our financial budget every month? I mean financially, a daily cup of specialty coffee bought at your favorite coffee shop will cost you twice as much in a year as an annual gym membership.

Is your body healthy enough to consume this specialty coffee every day? If you lose your health and end up in the hospital, they’ll limit your coffee while you pay big bucks to fix it. That would be crap.

I know you think I’m being sarcastic. I’m afraid not. We humans are all messed up with our thought processes. Our health and body should come first in our lives. We mix everything up and put these two important things at the bottom of our lists. Even under this cup of specialty coffee.

The truth is, exercise and good health make everything else in your world better. If you don’t have your health, what do you have? Little.

One of the biggest problems in our economy is the cost of healthcare. Whether you have health insurance or not and find yourself in the healthcare system, pay big bucks before you go. The health care to fix a neglected body is very expensive, more expensive than a lifetime training membership. Prevention pays off in the long run.

So think about this question: Do you care enough about your health? Invest in your health and your future now!

I encourage you to visit ProActive Fitness at 429 W Elkhorn Ave. (970-577-0174) to try. It will be worth your membership and lifetime health! Stay fit!

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