A Cost Benefit Analysis of your Health & Physical Fitness

This post is for all of those people who:

  1. Want to live a long life, and
  2. Want that long life to be full of health, vitality and general awesome-ness

Because seriously, who wants to live until 100 if you have to spend the final 20-30 years of your life hooked up to machines and/or driving around in one of those motorized scooters because of your poor lifestyle choices

Luckily for you, I am here to help.

The True Cost of Health & Fitness Spending

Sadly, in our modern world, the biggest threat to living a long, healthy, vital and generally awesome life is our lifestyle.

  • Too little physical activity
  • Too much sitting
  • Too much of the wrong foods
  • Too little of the right foods
  • Chronic low level stress

Not good.

But, maybe that’s just the way things have to be. Maybe it’s a yin-yang kind of thing.

For all of the benefits of our modern society, there have to be some drawbacks.

Maybe the cost of our technological evolution is a slow, physical de-evolution into WALL-E blobbiness.

Maybe, there is nothing we can we do about it?ersonal trainer toronto

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Here are your options for getting super-fit.

1.   Wait for a Technological Solution

Whether it’s a new drug or surgery or medical implant or obesity hygiene device, some people are going to sit and wait for someone else to save them from…themselves.

Cost/Benefit Analysis

Benefits

  • No exercise
  • More free time to watch tv and play video games
  • Eat whatever you want, whenever you want it

Costs

  • You may die before a “cure” is found
  • And you may have to spend big bucks on a Comfort Wipe

Conclusion

For me, the costs outweigh the benefits.

I have to give this plan a thumbs down.

2.   Become a Caveman

Our caveman ancestors might not have had an iPad, but they certainly were leaner, stronger & fitter. And, if it wasn’t for their higher infant death rate and the general lack of emergency room doctors, our caveman ancestors would probably have retained a high level of physical fitness well into the senior years.

So, solution #2….

Walk away from all of your modern conveniences, leave your home, walk into the nearest forest and adopt the lifestyle that our paleolithic ancestors thrived upon.

Cost/Benefit Analysis

Benefits

  • Eating real food (wild game, fruit, berries, nuts, vegetables, roots, water… will make a huge difference on your overall health as well as help you drop a few lbs.
  • Increased physical activity will drastically improve your overall physical fitness
  • Less tv, less computer, less video games, less time in the car will improve posture, pain and portliness.
  • Low level stress will melt away as you ditch your daily commute, your boss, your suit & tie and your need to conform

Costs

  • No income
  • Property laws mean that you will likely be arrested for vagrancy or trespassing on private property
  • Herds of wild buffalo are pretty scarce nowadays, so you might have a problem finding enough food.
  • Replace low level chronic stress with higher level acute stress – starvation, arrests for vagrancy, etc…

Conclusion

The costs associated with returning to our ancient way of life far outweigh the benefits.

Ergo, another thumbs down.

3.   Become a Modern Caveman

A modern caveman continues to work at his/her job, live in his/her nice warm home but chooses to eliminate or at least minimize those aspects of modern life that are causing us so much trouble

  • too much screen time – tv, computer, iphone, etc…
  • too much sitting
  • not enough physical activity
  • too many calories
  • not enough nutrition

Cost/Benefit Analysis

Benefits

  • Eating real food (wild game, fruit, berries, nuts, vegetables, roots, water… will make a huge difference on your overall health as well as help you drop a few lbs.
  • Increased physical activity will drastically improve your overall physical fitness
  • Less tv, less computer, less video games, less time in the car will improve posture, pain and portliness.
  • Taking a proactive approach to stress reduction will help improve the quality & quantity of your life.

Costs

  • Individuality – If you like to blend in, being a modern caveman isn’t for you
  • Grocery Bills – Real food often costs more than the typical processed Standard American Diet. Or at least it requires more imagination and effort to keep costs down.
  • Cost of physical activity – whether it’s time or money or a combination of the two, exercise is going to hit you in the wallet. Because you aren’t spending your entire day being active, you’re going to need to “exercise”. Whether you choose to run on your own or hire an in-home personal trainer, there is going to a cost – time, money, combination.

Conclusion

Millions of fit, healthy & attractive people are implementing some version of this plan each & every day.

Next week, i will go into some of the options and break them down…benefits, costs, etc…

Stay tuned.