Getting Healthy Can Be a Life Saver and a Money Saver
By Camille Johnson
Living a healthy lifestyle is not all about exercise equipment that costs more than a used car, or buying food from upscale trendy markets. On the contrary, it actually costs you less money to live a healthier lifestyle.
Peak Physique Personal and Group Training shows how living a healthy life can be both a better way to live and a thriving business. What began in the basement of an apartment building, their fitness business now operates from a retail space where they continue to grow. They also offer online classes to expand beyond the walls of their new facility. Every day they help people get more fit and healthy. Here they share some thoughts with you about how you can be your physical best and even save money doing it!
The Cost of the Unhealthy Lifestyle
The price for living an unhealthy lifestyle comes in a lot of ways we may not even think of. For instance, the cost of life insurance can drop by as much as 25% just by losing a few pounds. Right as Rain notes, that exercise boosts our immune system and helps our bodies respond to viruses more quickly and efficiently. Being sick less often means fewer unpaid sick days from work and a reduction in doctor’s office visits.
An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to cardiac disease, certain cancers, stroke, and diabetes. These are all conditions that cost a considerable amount of money to treat, sometimes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Saving Money the Healthy Way
If you can walk or bike your way to work, the store, or to visit a friend, then doing so can save you a substantial amount in fuel and vehicle maintenance costs annually.
The average family eats out about three times a week, spending $200 to $400 on restaurant food. The average rate that a restaurant inflates each food item is 300%! Eating home-cooked meals means eating less sugar, sodium, and processed foods, too, resulting in higher energy levels.
Speaking of higher energy levels, the cost benefits of exercising regularly are impressive too. People who exercise daily, and that can include just a 30-minute walk per day, save themselves from $500 to $2,500 per year in doctor’s office visits.
Other savings can come in the form of taking advantage of employer wellness plans, buying nonperishable foods in bulk, growing some of your own fruits and vegetables, or just reducing the amount of meat you purchase and prepare.
Turning Your Healthy Lifestyle Into a Business
You’ve learned the benefits of living a more healthy lifestyle and you’re eager to share what you’ve learned with others. In fact, you can even turn those into a new form of income by combining healthy living with a new business of your own. Cooking nutritious foods for busy families from your home or even a healthy choice food truck for people who want better lunch options can generate enough to be a full-time income.
If you’ve found how much you enjoy yoga or tai chi, you can take classes to become a certified instructor and open your own studio.
You may have begun taking a bike to work and become familiar with its maintenance and repair. Turning that into your own bicycle sales and repair business could be the next logical step.
A few things to consider when starting your own business can include how to name your business and how to structure it. Forming an LLC can provide financial security for you in that it separates your business finances from your personal ones. You can do this yourself online, but keep in mind that the rules vary from state to state, so check with your local officials.
Collecting payments from clients is part of doing business, of course. A good solution for an invoice maker would be one that lets you create professional invoices that suit your brand and include your logo, your name, colors, and any other pertinent information.
Whether you turn your new way of healthy living into a business or just enjoy the cost-saving benefits of doing so, you’ll find that kicking those old expensive unhealthy habits puts more money in your pocket and adds more years to your life.