One of the most searched terms on all of the inter webs relating to health and fitness services is… How much does it cost?
Just like anything worthwhile has a cost attached to it, fitness costs. Even when there is no physical (or should I say digital) money exchanging hands (or screens), there is the effort or sacrifice required in order to achieve what you set your mind on. There’s also the opportunity cost of not being able to use that time or money for the pursuit of something else.
Determining the extent of the cost for you will to some degree depend on where you are at currently with your fitness. So, what are the costs? Below are five areas of cost you should consider if you are serious about improving your fitness. Think of these as your fitness budget line items.
The first cost is one of being honest with yourself, taking a moment to reflect, acknowledge and decide. Reflecting and acknowledging is about coming to terms with your own past decisions and actions which have led you to where you are at right now. Then it’s a matter of deciding to take control of what is within your control such as where and when you will exercise and what sort of diet or lifestyle modifications you need to consider. Acceptance of self and taking personal responsibility is a huge emotional cost and one of the biggest barriers many people face, however taking ownership is also hugely empowering.
An around the world holiday requires more planning than a weekend in Daylesford. In the same sense, the bigger your fitness goals the more you will need to plan out the steps to achieve them. But no matter what you’re setting out to accomplish, some thought is required on how you are going to make it happen. If you are not exactly sure what is the best way to get started, your plan could consist of one single step – booking a free PT session through the Geelong’s Gym website.
During this 30 minute session you can discuss with a personal trainer the types of exercise you enjoy, any past injuries or limitations that might impact on your ability to perform certain movements, what your exercise schedule might look like and even what happened on the Bachelor last night (depending on the trainer of course). The trainer will also take you through some basic exercises to assess what you can and can’t do so that they can factor this into your future workouts. Some of the more elaborate around the world holiday versions could include numerous stops, such as fitness trackers, weight loss targets, milestone events, detoxes and meal plans. The adventure is yours for the planning.
Tia-Clair Toomey, the Australian woman’s weight lifting champion won this year’s World CrossFit Games to claim the title of “The Fittest Women on Earth” for the second year in a row. She didn’t accidentally become the fittest woman on earth, obviously it has taken her years and years of training, crafting her lifting technique, learning about recovery and mentally preparing for such a gruelling event.
Fitness costs effort and being a little bit fit costs a little bit of effort, being the fittest woman on earth costs a huge amount of effort. For the average person there will be some physical exertion, but that doesn’t mean you have to work yourself to exhaustion 5 days per week. While results are attainable through sub-maximal effort, perhaps the biggest effort required is the effort it takes to make exercise and a healthy lifestyle an everyday habit.
Time and attention are the new currency of today’s busy world. I’ve watched my son play a video game on his iPad which rewarded him with coins for watching ads. By investing his time, he gets rewarded in the game. Crazy, I know! I think we’ll see more and more of this trend in the future. I’m sure you know the saying, “you vote with your wallet” and the same is true for your time.
Improving your fitness costs time. But it shouldn’t be seen as one more thing to fit in to your already overflowing schedule. For many people, this time is their outlet, their me time, and is an important part of the life balance equation. When you learn to love exercise, you stop asking the question “will I have time to exercise today?” Instead you replace it with “when will I exercise today?” Notice the difference in mindset?
If you were googling cost, don’t expect google to come back with a nice round number for you! When I asked Siri how much a gym membership cost she just gave me a link to 15 nearby gyms. Navigating through the multitude of options was then up to me, thanks for nothing Siri!
From fully personalised programs 5 days per week conducted with a trainer through to going for a run outdoors on your own… I mean, how long is a piece of string? It really depends on your level of knowledge and level of accountability required. If you are a highly internally motivated individual who always sticks to New Year’s resolutions, then a gym membership, strength program and a decent group fitness schedule will be more than adequate. There’s no doubt that for the best results, working with a coach who takes a wholistic view is going to be the best option. At Geelong’s Gym you can work weekly with a personal trainer who will also write your programs and help you plan your workout schedule from around $55 per week. You’ll also benefit from a huge variety of group fitness programs and 24/7 gym access. Or for as little as $18 per week you can simply have access to one of the most extensive group fitness timetables in Geelong! Oh, and you might need to factor in new gym gear or even wearable devices such as a Myzone heart rate monitor, but I’ll save that for another post.
Most importantly, anything that you spend on your fitness, from time, effort and money should be viewed as an investment into yourself. The future you will thank yourself for maintaining your mobility, strength and balance well into old age. The current you will be proud you’ve made the effort.