Priorities: Putting Your Health First

Sometimes it feels as though we live in a sad world. A world where money and material wealth comes first. A world where personal relations get shoved aside. A world where should-be-top-priorities such as health gets ignored in the dust. Working as a personal trainer, this last one can bother me the most. Here’s why:

People whine and complain about prices of the gym, personal training, or exercise equipment. They complain that the money could be elsewhere spent and that the time working out could be used doing something else more important. I’m certainly not saying that you need a gym or personal training to be healthy (although it does help), but instead towards the overall sentiment about the importance of getting into shape and maintaining your fitness.

My trainer shirt ... and Sajah

My trainer shirt … and Sajah

So let’s say you suggest you could be doing something else with your time rather than exercising. Alrighty, let’s look at the building blocks of life. Health…hmmm…if you take away health, it is seeming to my eyes that everything falls apart with it. Take away health, and what do you have? Seriously. Sit on that question. Don’t just brush it off, I want you to think about it. Think about all the other bills or activities you pay for and balance it with the necessity of life: being healthy. If you aren’t healthy, you aren’t going to live the quality life you could.

And then we meddle over to the topic of money. It’s often the biggest excuse I hear. Not enough money for a gym membership? Hmmm, okay, let’s examine that. I want you to take a look at all your entertainment bills–television, cable, internet, etc. I am confounded to think that television (which is equal or more to gym membership cost per month) could weasel its way to be more important than the building block of life–HEALTH. Re-examine what you spend your money on. It could be that you know (deep down), the only way you will get into a continual exercise routine is if you subscribe to a gym. Step up, cancel unneeded entertainment services, put your health first, and sign up.

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Health (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

Now, say you’re borderline obese or diabetic, and have a strong dislike for working out. In fact, the only way you workout is if you are held accountable by someone else. Or, say you’re a person open to working out and exercising, but unsure about how to start. In both situations, a personal trainer would be dandy. I have one client who will not exercise unless she knows she’s coming to see me. She knows I’m waiting for her and despite how tough the workouts may be, she shows up each day. And she has gone from borderline obese down to overweight.

Often you find, “Personal training? There’s no way I could afford that.” Don’t be so quick to write it off. Many gyms have discount deals and some even have scholarship forms you can fill out to get a discount. They want you to sign up, so give them the chance to make it easier for you. Let’s take a look at the other side of the situation. Why do you think you can’t afford that? Perhaps because you spend your money on other things. I find so often, it is–ironically–that people go out to eat too much, causing them to be more unhealthy, racking up the restaurant bills and stopping them from hiring a personal trainer to change their life. Because that is what normally happens.

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Personal Training Overlooking Melbourne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This may sound like a lecture, but it is a plea. A plea for you and/or your loved ones to realize the importance of health and make it a priority over other things like entertainment or dining. So look at your account book and balance the budget to fit getting healthy and active in this year.

17 Responses to "Priorities: Putting Your Health First"

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  1. llpearsall

    January 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

    You make a great point! Without good help you can’t do very much in life! Even people who can’t/won’t find a way to work a gym membership and personal trainer into their budget don’t have an excuse. There are many ways to exercise and be healthy without any expensive equipment! It definitely comes down to making health a priority and actually wanting to be healthy instead of wishing you were healthy. Personal trainers are a huge help in keeping people accountable for their health goals and I’m so glad there are people like you out there to help us!

    • hungryandfit

      January 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      So glad you share our sentiment :)

  2. marga

    January 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    so very true,thanks for writing this! As I watch my parents age and their health and activity decline, I also see the decline in all aspects of quality in life – the ability to travel, to move freely about the house, to participate in many things they used to do, like gardening! If we can keep our health, our strength and endurance up, we can grow older with fewer disabilities and more pleasure in life. I think the younger you start, the better off you’ll be throughout your life – but no time is too late (I started climbing at 46 :) .

    • hungryandfit

      January 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Yes!! You are an example to all :)

  3. cfanningtx

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Without good health and fitness not much is left, except lots of doctor visits and feeling lousy :/ Sadly too many people look at getting fit as something you do just to get ready for spring break or the beach. Being fit and healthy is a life long process.

  4. MichelleK

    January 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Deal with it now or be forced to spend time and money trying to fix it later :(

  5. middleagedtryathlete

    January 19, 2013 at 3:24 am

    So obvious yet missed by so many. Great post.

  6. Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris

    January 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for liking the Androula’s Kitchen post on artcalling.
    I like your blog, you are both so cute, keep up the good work!

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