I have been doing a lot of thinking about what motivates someone to invest in their own health, both in time and money. I think for me and other coaches alike this is a serious question we must address if we wish to one keep doing what we love and two to get more people moving and eating cleaner. While I tend to believe that individuals all possess their own motivational buttons that need to be pressed, I wanted to offer up one particular thought I had during the past week while mulling over this topic that I think might offer a little motivation to all to start investing more time and money into their overall wellness. Everyone invests in their health at some point over the course of their life. You are in complete control of how much money and time you will invest and when you invest it, but almost everyone must at some point make the decision to invest. Now for most of the population their decision to invest is forced by a catastrophic event such as a heart attack, stroke, or joint replacement. Not one hundred percent of these events are preventable I get that but a majority of these occurrences could be avoided or prolonged if an investment of time and/or money had been made earlier and more often with a long-term goal in mind. I mean isn't it common logic that the best investments someone can make are long-term investments, things that will continue to pay you a return long after the initial expense was paid.
I guess what I am trying to say to everyone is that wouldn't it be a smarter investment in your health to spend a few hundred dollars now on a personal trainer or coach to teach you proper exercise technique and programming along with sharing proper nutrition guidelines combined with taking a few hours out of each week too work on your health through exercise and diet. Then to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a medical procedure to fix a health condition that could have been prevented or managed and that will almost without a doubt take six months to a year of your life doing rehab and spending time going in and out of the doctor's office.
To end just remember your investment will be made at some point whether you like it or not, so make the smarter choice and start investing your time and money now by learning to exercise, eat healthy, and spend fifty extra dollars a month to buy lean meats and fresh vegetables because the fifty dollars you saved every month and the few hundred you saved due to not hiring a coach will end up being invested latter in life only multiplied by a factor of ten.