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It’s Cheaper to be Healthy Than It Is to be Sick

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If you think it’s expensive to eat right and exercise regularly, just consider the cost of being cheap with your health.

It’s Cheaper to be Healthy Than It Is to be Sick

For example, some people drink so many sodas that eliminating them could save almost $1,000 a year.

That’s not a typo.

I hear similar complaints about fitness all the time. People tell me they can’t afford to exercise. I’m not even sure what that means, since exercise doesn’t actually cost anything, and there are options for everyone.

But… I also notice that many of those same folks are spending $5 a day on a Starbucks drink, hundreds of dollars eating out and drinking, and thousands on a vacation that may only last a week or so.

Unhealthy habits lead to untold financial costs – doctor visits, sick days, missed opportunities, prescription medications, new clothes, and potentially the need for caregivers or assisted living a few years down the road. For example, assisted living currently averages about $5000 per month here in the Twin Cities. And you’ll have to find a way to pay for it whether you feel like you can afford it or not.

Hiring a Health & Fitness Coach Can Save You Money

But a healthy diet and regular exercise pay off their investment countless times over.

Building more muscle mass can help lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, strengthen bones, and reduce fall risk. Exercise in general reduces costs of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and it improves balance.

Consider this:

If you invest $5000 in a year-long program that gives you the knowledge and support to help improve your eating habits and teach you appropriate exercise techniques and progressions, you’ll have gotten the return on your investment if it delays your need for assisted living by only one month. Delay it for two years and you’ll have saved more than $100,000. Maybe you’ll never need assisted living at all and can continue living life on your terms independently for your entire lifespan.

I’ll take that kind of return on my investment any day!

That’s just the dollars you’ll save. What about your quality of life? How much is that worth to you?

So, please think about what’s at the root of the “I can’t afford it” excuse before you pour your next soda while sitting in front of the television.

I think you’re worth it. In fact, I know you’re worth it.

Don’t you?

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