When it comes to working out, many people have an endless amount of excuses that stop them from exercising. One excuse that I hear all too often that exercising is just too expensive. “I want to become healthy and stay in shape but I just can’t afford it!”
I agree gym memberships and home gym equipment can be costly and certainly take a toll on one’s wallet, especially in this economy when we’re all a little pressed for cash as it is. Just take a look at this infographic for example:
All that goes into becoming a runner can soon add up, yet is the cost of exercising really such a great excuse to avoid exercising altogether? In the long run, can you really afford not to?!
According to this article from FitHacks.com, the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. This means elevating your heart rate to 70-85%. The benefits of doing 30 minutes of exercise a day include:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Lower rates of diabetes
- Builds healthy bones
- Builds healthier muscles and joints
- Reduces risk of colon cancer
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Lower risk of stroke
Here are a few more benefits of exercise from PickTheBrain.com and how they think you can’t afford not to exercise, which you can read more on here:
- Exercise gives you more energy
- Exercise lowers your stress levels
- Exercise prevents health problems – especially long term, chronic ones
- Exercise can help you think – working out can help give you “head space” from the daily stressors of life to help you think more clearly.
As you see, exercising daily comes with more benefits than just a trim physic, which is also another plus. As we’ve stated before in a previous post, Why You Should Add Cardio Into Your Life, which you can read more about here, exercise provides endless amounts of health benefits, especially cardio exercise.
Cardio exercise helps you to burn calories while also improving your cardiovascular system, which is crucial to keeping your heart and lungs healthy. Having a good cardiovascular system reduces your risk of heart attacks, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
When you think about all the benefits of just 30 minutes a day can provide you, can you really afford not to exercise? If you are still not on board, think of if you can afford a heart bypass surgery, insulin for diabetes, the endless amounts of doctor visit payments when your health soon begins to decline?
In the end, these surgeries and doctor visits will all soon add up to a whole lot more than a treadmill and a pair of running shoes will cost you now! Be sure to click here for great deals and coupons on NordicTrack treadmills to help you decrease that expense a little more.
So … have you really afford not to exercise? Take charge of your health TODAY for a healthier (cheaper) future!