Hidden Financial Benefits of Getting in Shape
By Tania Tetrault Vrga
Gym memberships don’t come cheap, and neither does a good trainer.
But what if I told you that getting in shape can actually save you money? In over a decade in the fitness industry, I’ve learned that fitness not only saves you money, it can make you money. Here are just a few ways improving your fitness can improve your finances.
Save on food.
I’ve heard the objection that eating healthy is expensive, but my experience tells a different story. When you care about what you put into your body, you tend to plan out your meals in advance, particularly breakfast and lunch. A packed lunch can cut lunch costs in half. In addition, people who prioritize their fitness plan out their menus in advance and waste less.
Fit people also tend to spend less on unhealthy vices.
They limit alcohol intake, and make an effort to get more sleep, and spend less on late nights out. It’s rare to find someone in great cardio-vascular shape who smokes. As you build the daily exercise habit and start to feel its benefits, you tend to avoid anything that might slow your progress.
Save on health care costs.
This one might seem obvious. When you are in good shape, you spend less on prescription and over the counter medications. Some of the most widely prescribed drugs include cardio-vascular and diabetes medications, as well as medicine for anxiety and depression, all conditions that can improve dramatically with physical activity. You also spend less on chiropractors and other therapists. A healthier lifestyle can also translate to better life insurance and health insurance premiums, which can save a ton of money in the long term.
I’ve saved the best for last. Being fit and healthy dramatically increases your earning potential.
When you are physically fit, your energy goes through the roof and so does your productivity. You become sharper mentally and think more clearly. You miss less work days, you make better decisions, and improve interactions with your colleagues. A study published in the Journal of Labor Research found that men who exercise regularly can earn on average 6% more than their sedentary counterparts. Women who workout regularly could expect to make 10% more, on average. Over the course of years, this can add up to tens of thousands of dollars of earning potential. That personal trainer might just become an essential part of your team after all.
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