Weighing the (Literal) Costs of Health

There isn’t anything in life that doesn’t involve money in some capacity — clothes, a place to leave, entertainment, the list goes on. And from what I have found on my health and fitness journey is in order to make actual changes and lead a healthier life it takes both a mental investment as well as a monetary investment.

The mental investment either it happens or it doesn’t, a decision needs to be made whether the time and effort is going to be put in to make a change for the better. For the most part I on the right side of the decision, I choose to make healthier eating choices and work out a few times a week. Sometimes I am on the wrong side, but who isn’t? I am a sucker for a good dessert and tiredness tends to creep up on me.

Lately I have found that if I want to make the health and fitness changes that I set out to make mental investment isn’t the only thing that is going to get me there, I need some monetary investment that thus far I have not been willing to make. This isn’t to say I haven’t spent any money toward betting my life; I have when it comes to some of my grocery shopping decisions, but there are SO many more that I wish I could make.

However what I really feel like I am missing out on is a gym membership or fitness plan. I can join a gym for $15 a month — not too bad for the city — but as much as I have said I want to, I have yet to take the plunge. I have talked about spending $40 on PIIT28, a pilates intense interval training program developed by Cassey Ho of POP Pilates, but again haven’t pulled the plug. I even considered Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, but the price for that scared me away  quickly. There are all these programs and gyms out there, options for taking my fitness to the next level , but I can’t get over the money hump without knowing if these things are going to work for me or give me the results that I want.

I’m sure I would see results if I truly devoted myself to any of these options, but will I like it or actually want to do it? I have thought that making a monetary investment will make me more likely to use the program because I would feel guilty otherwise, but is that really the reason I want to be working out, guilt?

One of these days I’m sure I will bite the bullet and shell out some cash, but given my current financial situation (#unemployedlife) and not knowing if I will see the results I want, I can’t pull the trigger. If I find something that offers me a free trial before committing I will be all over that. Until then it will be free POP Pilates videos and runs in the park.

Has anyone else struggled with having to spend money on a fitness plan? How about anyone who has found a fitness plan that works for them and is glad they spend the money on it? Let me know!


Exercise for Me

Working out has never been a time of enjoyment for me. Despite growing up playing sports my entire life, I never enjoyed the necessary workouts out of practice time. Give me a purpose to run — like running after a ball or catching up to the other team — but telling me to just go out an run was not an option. I couldn’t find the motivation or enjoyment, and envied my brother’s for being able to run for days without breaking a sweat or showing any sign of exhaustion.

The older I got the more I forced myself to put in the extra time in the off season, which eventually earned me a spot on my varsity lacrosse team for three years. Then college started and there was no longer a reason for me to workout or forced practices where I was guaranteed to get some running in. I never considered myself super fit growing up, but I also wouldn’t have considered myself out of shape either — college changed that.

During my first two years of school I made the occasional trip to the gym, but I rarely ventured far from the elliptical. I didn’t really know what I was supposed to be doing, and I didn’t take the time to educate myself. Two and a half years of meal plans later, and the ever dreaded “Freshman 15” was a reality.

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