Your physical condition plays a role in the cost of many things you purchase. A specific example of this is life insurance. My insurance provider gave my condition a “grade” to determine my rates. On that scale, “fit” was a better rate than “healthy,” which will save me a lot of money over the 30-year term. Again, this is just one example.
Having greater physical capacity allows the option to participate in more life events. When life offers an opportunity to work, play, explore or whatever, I want the choice to say “yes!” Yes, healthy people can do this too, but I’d prefer to have more than the minimum.
It seems risky to me to have “just enough” physical capacity to be healthy, because bodies break sometimes, even good ones. When that happens, I don’t want to fall below the line. Instead, I will work to improve my condition to have extra when I need it, and enjoy the benefits of the “extra” when things are going well.
As the definition of fitness mentions, I am interested in passing along good things to my children that will serve them and their families long after I am gone. Body care, and the principles and benefits associated with it, is one of those things. I don’t want my children to settle for the minimum, I want them to thrive, and it’s my job to teach them.
Bottom line: Healthy is good, fitness is better. Strive for better. The time, money and discomfort is worth the return, especially the first time you hear, “You’re looking fit!”
Mark Moreland is the owner of Body Outfitters Personal Training Studio in Zionsville and has 13 years of experience as a personal trainer. Mark welcomes your comments and ideas for future topics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.