It’s a well-known fact that running is one of the best physical activities you can do for yourself. And speaking from personal experience, it’s not as easy as it looks! Not everyone has the dedication or endurance to lace-up a pair of shoes and run effortlessly for a few miles. Plus good genes come into play and I wasn’t blessed with those. I have to work hard to keep in shape and stay healthy! But the good news is, the more you run, the easier it gets.
So let’s start with the basics and face the facts: The number of obese people in the U.S. has dramatically increased each year. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity research shows that the condition of obese increases with age. Around 28% of men and 27% of women aged 16-24 are obese. And about 76% of men and 68% of women between 55 and 64 of ages are obese. With those statistics, it’s no surprise that 63% of Americans are currently overweight!
There are a number of excuses as to why people don’t exercise enough. I spoke with Steve at Planet Fitness’s Boca Raton location and he said, “The number one excuse why people don’t exercise is time. They think there aren’t enough hours in the day. As for our location, we tend to see a spike in business in the evenings and our busiest day hands-down is Monday. It’s probably because people feel guilty for slacking over the weekend. However, cost also makes people walk out the door.” As a Planet Fitness member myself, I only pay $15/month and receive one complimentary session with a personal trainer; but the only downfall is that there are no classes. It’s simply a straight-up gym.
And let’s visit another harsh factor – health insurance. With the recession in full-swing the relationship between health insurance and unemployment becomes complex. I was shocked to learn that with each 1% point rise in the national unemployment rate, the number of uninsured adult’s jumps by 1.1 million.
This statistic is alarming!
Since I can’t provide the entire unemployment population with jobs, I can provide some money conscience tips to staying healthy that I discovered along my journey.
I learned that if I was going to take my health serious and stay on a budget, I was going to have to make some major changes and make it a priority. And although I’ve integrated exercising into my daily routine, I didn’t say it was easy. There were times when all I wanted to do is eat ice cream all day and lay on the couch, but with time and persistence, anything is possible.
Bottom line: If you want to be healthy, you have to make it happen. Take on the challenge to wear the hats and be your own nutritionist, personal trainer, and overall motivator. When you feel good, you’ll bring out the happier, healthier you. So my hat is off to you!