INVEST IN YOURSELF WITH A REGULAR EXERCISE ROUTINE
Do you have a budget? If you do, chances are it contains things like periodic oil changes for your car, dental visit co-pays and occasional home maintenance. Although none of those items may be an emergency at the time, you get them done to prevent larger costs for damages down the road. The money you spend on preventative maintenance is an investment in your future financial health. But what about your physical and mental health? Are you investing in them as well?
Investing in your physical health with a regular exercise routine, such as a Curves membership, can be beneficial to your body -- and your wallet! Spending the money now on a fitness membership could mean less money spent later on healthcare costs. And though it is true that money cannot buy good health, the investment you make in yourself may increase your chances of a happy, healthy life.
Compared to the medical costs associated with poor health due to obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and more, the costs of a regular fitness regimen seem minimal. These are all medical issues that may be prevented or helped by weight management via diet and exercise.
According to HoustonMethodist.org, here are a few realities about those healthcare costs to consider:
- On average, people who are obese miss more work than people who are not. Lost wages can add up quickly.
- Healthcare costs for those managing diabetes are nearly 2.5 times higher than for those without diabetes. People with diabetes should expect to pay higher health and life insurance premiums.
- Treatment for complications of high blood pressure can easily cost more than twice as much as treatment for diabetes.
There are also costs that are more difficult to identify with numbers. Those might be categorized as “opportunity costs,” like when you aren’t strong enough to keep up with your grandchildren at play or have the energy for a walking tour on vacation. A regular fitness routine can help you gain strength and energy for many of life’s happy moments.
All of these costs, whether monetary or otherwise, may be minimized by following a regular exercise routine like those offered through a Curves membership. No matter how you look at it, your Curves membership is a sound investment in you!
Written by Cherri Megasko