When it comes to dental health, we know that the cost of preventive care far outweighs the cost of fixing problems that have progressed over time.
Yet despite the clear evidence, many of us consider personal trainers to be a luxury.
But how luxurious is it… really? As you’ll see in this post, given the cost of being unhealthy, a trainer is a sensible investment for the vast majority of Americans.
Before we get into the numbers though, I want to show you how investing in my health helped me survive the hardest stage in my adult life.
Why I Never Stopped Training
I started with a personal trainer who I paid $90 per hour. I was a chef in San Francisco not making much money. On top of that, I was a single mom with two kids under 5, and we were houseless.
But I never stopped training.
Many people in that situation wouldn’t have prioritized working with a personal trainer. But that investment in my mental and physical health was the reason I survived the hardest stage in my adult life. My time in the gym helped me build the mental and physical resilience I needed to strive for better. Without it, I would not be here right now.
That, along with the facts you’ll see in the next section, is why I became a trainer. Because I saw how powerful training can be in transforming lives.
And I’m not alone. Many trainers I’ve worked with quit lucrative jobs after they realized the incredible potential to help others strive to be a healthier version of themselves. We don’t do this for the money, we do it to help, heal, and rehabilitate.
So to us, it’s beyond frustrating to see how we as Americans fail to emphasize preventive health and wellness with weight and cardio training.
The Astronomical Costs and Consequences of Being Unhealthy
Even without my personal experience, the numbers make it clear that the cost of being unhealthy far outweighs the cost of focusing on preventive health with a personal trainer.
According to the CDC, lack of activity is linked to increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and depression. The CDC also found that in the United States in 2012, an estimated $131 billion in health care spending was associated with inadequate levels of physical activity.
In the last century, we’ve developed jobs that require little activity. Before that, we were farmers, builders, and field workers. We were active and our bodies were stronger.
If you work a desk job, you must adjust to this new way of life. And being active and challenging your body is one of the key adjustments you must make, for the sake of your mental and physical health.
The Cost of Physical and Mental Health: What Would You Pay to Avoid Being Sick?
How much would you pay to avoid being sick?
Before you answer, don’t just think about the costs of being sick or unhealthy. Think about the impact of unhealthiness on your quality of life. Shifting your focus to preventive health can mean the difference between playing for hours with your kids or pets and being too winded to stand up after ten minutes.
The average good personal trainer costs about $1000 a month in bigger cities. Yet obesity, especially with Covid-19, is often deadly. Diabetes can cost as much as $16,000 per year to treat. And with depression, which is on the rise, the loss of relationships and/or jobs is massive.
Given the cost of obesity, diabetes, depression, and much more, a personal trainer is a sensible investment.
Your Health is Non-negotiable
Your health should never be negotiated, especially now since you are eating out less and spending less. You can redirect your funds to starting a healthy version of yourself.
As part of our mission to help more Americans shift their focus to wellness and preventive care, we developed the Bright App. Using this app, you can easily find, vet, and work with a personal trainer on the Bright Fitness Marketplace.