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We’ve all heard the excuses from clients regarding starting or sticking to a healthier lifestyle time and time again…

it costs too much

it takes too long

exercise is boring/hard–I’m not a gym person

But do you image they have ever considered the costs of NOT eating better and NOT exercising?

Leading a healthy lifestyle CAN be costly.

You know what else is undoubtedly more expensive?

Prescriptions, primary care doctor visits, taking time off work, taking your child out of school, specialists, therapy, counseling, health care dependent on your health and pre-existing conditions.

Obesity has been deemed a chronic disease and we are all aware that obesity is a precursor to multiple other conditions that negatively affect individuals health. We all are aware prescriptions and doctor office visits are not cheap, but vary depending on your health and healthcare. It costs us all more for someone to be obese, “healthcare costs for severely or morbidly obese adults (BMI >40) are 81% higher than for healthy weight adults. In 2000, around $11 Billion was spent on medical expenditures for morbidly obese US adults. Moderately obese (BMI between 30-35) individuals are more than twice as likely as healthy weight individuals to be prescribed prescription pharmaceuticals to manage medical conditions.”1

True, prepping meals to control what you eat and not eating out as much CAN be more time-consuming.

-BUT- Do you know what else takes a lot of time?

Doctors appointments, scheduling appointments (who likes waiting on hold?), driving to and from those appointments, waiting rooms, emergency rooms, treating chronic illnesses, waiting for the elevator because you can’t take the stairs….

Waiting to be seen at the doctor’s office is something that grinds everyones gears. According to the American Journal of Managed Care, estimated that the approximate  “total time per visit (is) 121 minutes, with 37 minutes of travel time, and 84 minutes of clinic time. The time spent in the physical office is not true to the time you’re being seen by the physician.  It includes waiting/sitting, filling out paperwork, and interactions with other staff members.”2

To some, exercise can be boring.
You know what else is really boring?

Being bedridden, staring at the medical office or hospital room walls, being too debilitated to leave your house, losing touch with loved ones or coworkers because you can’t get out and be social.

Also, exercising CAN be physically hard.

You what else can be physically difficult?

Losing a limb to diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, getting out of bed, getting up off the floor, getting up off the toilet, getting out of your car…

If they take their mobility for granted now, their life will be a lot more mundane and physically harder if they lose functionality of their bodies. We know for a fact, that muscle wasting occurs with age and can even begin as early as age 20.3 If folks don’t take measures to increase their muscle mass in all life stages, they’re setting themselves up for significant complications with their mobility as they age, especially if paired with obesity or other chronic conditions.

You may or may not have a direct effect on your clients’ gym experience, but physical fitness is a must. If you can, find ways for them to move more, that they may enjoy, even if it’s not conventional.

You may be thinking that some of the above are extreme, but all of the above implications can be caused by obesity and other chronic condition caused by NOT taking care of your health.

Some of us have more on our schedules than others, but we all share the same amount of time in a day. We all have a life and a body that deserves to be prioritized. Small changes in what everyone eats and how much they move can add up to saving money, saving time and possibly saving their life.

Footnotes

1. Healthcare Costs of Obesity
2. American Journal of Managed Care
3. National Institutes of Health