How Much is Your Health Worth?
Late last week, I went to the doctor to discuss some issues I have been having. The doctor very bluntly told me that my body would function much better overall if I lost some weight. I am overweight as I stand 5 foot 11 and weigh in at 217, however I am also fairly muscular. But two years ago I weighed 180 on the nose, so there has been a significant amount of weight gain in a relatively short period of time. Which the doctor said may explain some of my health issues.
Later that day, my wife and I visited an in-law that had been admitted to the ICU of a local hospital. I curiously peeked in each of the rooms as I walked through the unit. Quite honestly, all of the patients looked like they were on death’s door, and it really drove home how important our health really is. Between the doctor’s appointment and the ICU visit, I felt like I really need to make my health a bigger priority in my life. Even though I workout regularly, I could do better and my diet could be improved dramatically. This revelation was very timely as the summer membership at a full service gym is set to end after the Labor Day weekend.
We had a big decision to make.
We had every intention of going back to a much less expensive bare bones gym at the end of the summer, as we joined the full service gym mainly to have extra summer activities for the kids. But the funny thing is, over the summer the whole family has become more active because of the gym membership.
My wife has wanted to lose weight for a long time, but the bare bones gym did not seem to inspire her. Over the last three months she has visited the gym with increasing consistency. I have been having a great time building a strength training routine for my son and I to do together. Our daughter has taken a liking to running around the indoor track with her friends as well as playing in the indoor pool.
We want to continue to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for our entire family. The bare bones gym is not usable by the kids, and could squash the momentum my wife has gained. Therefore we have decided to extend our membership, which will cost us $150 a month. The way to get value out of a gym membership is to use it, and our goal is to visit the gym as a family five days a week.
We are not viewing it as an expense, but instead an investment in our health and and in our family.
There certainly are less expensive ways to be active as a family. But while the price tag is a significant amount of money, if we can afford it (we can), and we feel it will help us lead healthier, happier lives AND connect as a family it is money well spent.
How much would you pay for a gym membership if it benefited your entire family?
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