The Price of Your Health

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No one ever said peak fitness was cheap.

There are billboards all over the country advertising affordable memberships to gyms and supplements you take pre- and post- workout that are available for purchase both OTC and via prescription. There is fitness equipment you can buy at your local Target or by financing a monthly payment plan that includes the equipment and online classes you can take at the comfort of your home. There are so many options out there to keep yourself in tiptop shape and health, but what is the real cost to stay healthy today?

I’m sure many of you have already heard of the exercise bike that apparently provides you with a monitor that can connect you to cycling instructors and their classes live. You may have watched their television commercials or their online ads. The company definitely makes their product appealing and I myself would like to have such equipment sitting in my home office, just waiting for me to take my first spin. But for me, that’s all the action the bike would probably see and I would probably be broke.

Many of these gyms, fitness equipment, and programs have fine print many of us may overlook. They can be costly, even ridiculously so. However, you should also realize each and every one of us have our own price of health. If you’re the type of person who is just obsessed with working out, eating healthy, and staying on top of the latest health trends, then a $3000 exercise bike with live classes at about $100 a month may be the right choice for you. But if you’re like me, you may enjoy just putting on your sneakers and going for a light jog or walk outside. In the end, it all depends on who you are and how much you are willing to sacrifice for your health.