We consistently see an increase in obesity, heart disease, chronic pain, and many other ailments that individuals can prevent or have the risks lowered by adding an exercise routine into their lives.
Most individuals are aware of these facts and many know what they can do to prevent it, and even want to take steps to improve their health but never do.
Year after year getting fit and being healthy is one of the most common New year’s resolutions for people to have.
Many however, never follow through and continue the same path they’re on even knowing the risks and what they can do to improve their health.
The HHS Website provides some disturbing statistics that speak to the state and direction on health and fitness in the U.S.
•Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
•More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.
•Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, video games, computer.
•About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
•Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day on could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs.
•Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of total daily calories for 2–18 year olds and half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.
•Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese
IHRSA did the research and issued a comprehensive survey to answer questions about fitness motivations.
Surprisingly 54% responded that it was too expensive and couldn’t afford to get started.
Cost continues to influence decisions about whether to keep going as well, with about 46% of former health club members or PT clients stating expense as the number one reason why they stopped using a trainer or canceled a gym membership.
We all know there are people in poor financial situations that cannot afford a personal trainer or gym membership, but do we believe that 54% of the people who participated in the study can’t afford a membership or trainer?
What Is The Cost?
The average gym membership in the USA costs $58 per month, according to a study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute.
That’s $696 per year!
What Is The True Cost Of NOT Getting Fit?
According to government health care statistics, obesity will cost the U.S. 21% of total healthcare costs – $344 billion annually.
•Those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average (roughly 42% higher)
•Obesity-related illness, including chronic disease, disability, and death, is estimated to carry an annual cost of $190.2 billion.
•The annual cost of being overweight is $524 for women and $432 for men; annual costs for being obese are even higher: $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men.
•Obesity is also a growing threat to national security – a surprising 27% of young Americans are too overweight to serve in our military.
•Approximately 15,000 potential recruits fail their physicals every year because they are unfit.
In A Perfect World We’d All Have A Personal Trainer Or Coach To Motivate Us And Help Us Achieve Our Goals.
We’d all love to have a Total Gym or $5,000 treadmill at home, a personal trainer to work with us 4 days a week, and membership to the classist gym in town.
Of course, this is not a perfect world and cost should never have to factor into a decision on taking better care of yourself or getting into shape.
There are countless ways to take better care of yourself with out spending any money or investing very little.
Do You Have Legs That Work?
Yes, then start walking!
Simply walking more can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, and your balance and coordination.
Don’t circle around the parking lot for 10 minutes looking for a spot next to the door, just simply park near the end and walk.
If you are going to the second or third floor of a building don’t wait for an elevator, just take the stairs.
Do You Remember Gym Class?
Find An Online Fitness Channel For Tips And Inspiration.
Are you not sure how to work out or need something to help stay motivated?
There are countless fitness channels on the web, find a person or channel you enjoy and follow them.
One of the channels I enjoy is Buff Dudes
I think they provide very informative information and have a great presentation that I enjoy, find easy to understand, and to stay engaged with.
Another one is Fitness 40 And Beyond
Andrew is a frequent contributor on Sushi Fitness and I know personally how impactful of a person he can be.
His videos are very well presented, and he has an amazing back story about battling Cancer and truly lives to help and inspire others.
Are You Able To Spend Just A Little Bit Of Money?
Purchase some exercise videos and programs.
Don’t get caught up with which ones say they are the best, most important is find one you enjoy and will continue to follow.
None of these programs are the “magic bullet” but 95% of them will work if you continue to use them and follow the plan, 0% work if you don’t!
Below is a list of some popular ones that I’ve used myself or know people who have and had gotten results from and enjoyed.
You are sure to find a program that you will enjoy and most importantly stay with it to see results!
My favorite that I still use to this day is The Bas Rutten Workout Series.
I first used this in my dojo during open mat when a group of us would get together and use this for a conditioning session.
This is a very respected workout that has been used for years by many world class MMA fighters and in a lot of top dojos.
Even if you’re not a fighter this is a great workout and will help you get the stress out.
Do You Want To Spend Even LESS Money?
If you are reading this now you are probably on the computer or a mobile device that has internet access.
Go to Amazon and you can shop for several items under $20 that are effective and can help you get into shape.
I personally love the ab roller and use it about 3 times a week, it’s small and portable so I also take it on vacation with me to make sure I have something I can use to get a workout in.
Get yourself a pair of dumbbells and with a quick search you can find countless exercises and programs for every part of your body to see results.
Of course, depending on weight and style the prices can fluctuate but these are not items you need to overspend on.
Another inexpensive piece of equipment I use often is a stability ball, it is a great for pushups and a lot of core exercises.
When is the last time you used a jump rope?
Jumping rope is an amazing workout for cardio, weight loss, and agility.
I was late to the party but now I’m a kettlebell junkie!
Much like dumbbells prices can vary based on weight but again, this is not a product you need to overspend on.
Find the weight that works for you and don’t spend any extra for the brand name attached.
Money Should Never Be A Reason Not To Get Yourself In Better Health
There are countless videos, apps on our phones, and resources readily available at little or no cost to start getting yourself on a better path to a healthy you.
Don’t feel you need to spend a ton of money to guilt yourself into getting in shape or worse don’t take the steps because you’ve told yourself you can’t afford it.
Find a program or piece of equipment you enjoy and just stick with it, that’s when you’ll see the results!
Please let us know in the comments if you know any other free or low-cost ways of getting into shape that you have done or enjoy doing.