This is a statement I hear ALL of the time. It is also one of the things that frustrates me to no end. As someone that does CrossFit, I’m faced with people continually saying “Yea, but its just SO expensive”. We hear it all of the time “Eating healthy costs more”. Then you have gym memberships, Yoga, Barre, Running, CrossFit, Orange Theory, etc, etc.
My open argument to people who support the overarching theme of “It’s too expensive to be healthy” gather around the following questions:
- How much is the handbag you are currently carrying and how many of them do you own? How many pairs of designer boots or jeans do you have in your closet?
- How many times have you stopped at Starbucks or “refilled” your Starbucks app this month (by the way I have a Starbucks app and the minimal refill is $25 dolla dolla bills)
- How much money have you spent on booze this month? Its expensive to drink alcohol. If you went out for two drinks 4 times this month you would have approximately spent 58$ (this is assuming 6$ drinks with tip and that you didn’t eat anything)
- How much do you spend weekly on dining out?
- So, eating healthy and exercising has potential increasing costs. I hear you. But, please tell me how much a year your diabetes or heart disease is costing you–please. Doctors appointments, medications, meeting your full deductible, etc.
- What about indirect costs. For example, basically if you are on one chronic medication it raises your premium for life insurance. Or the complications from diabetes or heart disease including expensive surgeries, chronic wounds and hospitalizations.
I hear the fundamental principal that eating healthy does truly cost more–up front. The costs in the end I truly think are more astronomical. Also, I’m not saying you have to go out and get a personal trainer or a CrossFit membership for $150/month. Last time I checked the road is available and free to walk on. Globo gyms as I call them offer memberships as low at $19 dollars a month. Thats like 4 Starbucks drinks.
My point is this: Yes, upfront costs can be obnoxious and you would rather buy another pair of boots. I get it, I like boots too. However, it’s planning for retirement. The more you work ahead the better your life and health with be in the long run!