Most people who join TriForce have a strong desire to make physical changes to their bodies. But as people start working out, they begin to notice lots of other areas of their lives that are positively impacted by working out and feeling better. Positive mental, emotional, and spiritual health effects start and become even more of a driving factor for our members to continue coming into the gym and putting in hard work. Feeling well and gaining confidence are amazing reasons to exercise, but one perk that people often don’t realize─ it can even make you save money. Here are a few reasons why!
- Better Mental Acuity. Exercise has been shown in numerous studies to improve cognitive ability. Dr. John Ratey demonstrates in his book “Spark” how exercise helps improve focus, fight depression, and make better decisions. A sharp mind allows a professional to think through projects, and it will enable an entrepreneur to develop new ideas or create a new revenue stream.
- Increased Energy and Immunity. According to research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, people who exercise regularly are more productive at work than those who do not. These same individuals miss fewer workdays, and physical fitness boosts immunity and lowers the risk of many significant health problems. Absences and decreased productivity can result in missed opportunities for advancement and lower pay. Being available at your job is certainly a must if you are looking for a promotion.
How about this for a quick correlation…according to a study published in the Journal of Labor Research, men who exercise regularly earn 6% more than their sedentary counterparts. The figures for women are higher, and women who exercise regularly make 10% more than those who do not!
- Decreased Medical Costs. A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that people who exercised regularly saved $2,500 per year. At TriForce CrossFit, people frequently discontinue medications because their symptoms have subsided.
Here are a few examples of medication costs for 30-day doses:
- $36-$600 for statins
- Metformin (extended release) – $235-$1,200
- Xanax costs $60-$100.
Most people have health insurance, but they still have to pay co-pays for these medications. While we obviously can’t guarantee a decrease in your medical expenses, IF you are able to simply trade taking medication for exercising at a no-cost difference, that sure seems like a no-brainer.
- Reductions in Clothing Costs. Most people have their “fat” section in their closet. What if you could have just one section in your closet for your whole adult life? The average adult will gain approximately 2 pounds a year from their twenties to fifties. This means that many of us have two or three sets of clothes in our closets: what we are currently wearing and clothes that are one or two sizes smaller. We see our clients drop clothing sizes or have their clothes fit better when they are consistent and establish good nutritional patterns. Once we get you to your ideal size, go ahead and make a trip to your closest thrift store and donate your “fat” clothes once and for all.
- Reduced Fast-Food Costs. People with gym memberships spend less money on fast food. It is amazing how many people come in to discuss our memberships, and feel like they can’t afford to work out with us. Then we go through their discretionary spending and realize that many of them are spending over 100$ a week on coffees and convenience items that are easily removed. Hence, our clients who work with us to establish healthy eating habits routinely cut that in half by planning ahead of time and preparing healthy, nutritious meals and snacks that leave them satisfied and not needing to drive-thru anywhere. I’ve had several members who have come to me to tell me that they actually spend less money each month out of their budget (even after adding in our gym membership) because they aren’t stopping by **insert expensive coffee shop** every day for a super-sized iced cappa-frappe-mocha-choco-chino. If you want a quick shock at how easily you could save money, go to your bank statement from last month, see how many items you have between 5-15$, and look at how many of those are from quick stops that could easily be replaced with a healthier (and much cheaper) option.
So, it is pretty easy to see that when you are investing in your health, you very well could start seeing some extra cash piling up in your bank account. “I can’t afford to work out,” is also not a very good excuse for most people. If you are honest with yourself, you will be able to see that working out at TriForce is actually not going to COST you anything in the long run, but choosing to avoid working out may actually COST you a lot.
If you are interested in finding out more about how TriForce can help you, sign up for a FREE No-Sweat Intro today.