If not for your health, how about your wallet?

The Rising Costs of Being Obese

Let the following statistics (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/), about the increasing costs of medical expenses faced by obese individuals, sink it.

“Several investigators have evaluated the cost of obesity on an individual level. Finkelstein and colleagues found that in 2006, per capita medical spending for obese individuals was an additional $1,429 (42 percent higher) compared to individuals of normal weight. (7) Cawley and Meyerhoefer, meanwhile, found that per capita medical spending was $2,741 higher for obese individuals than for individuals who were not obese-a 150 percent increase. (1)

Thompson and colleagues concluded that, over the course of a lifetime, per-person costs for obesity were similar to those for smoking. (10) In middle-age men, treatment of five common obesity-related conditions (stroke, coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol) resulted in roughly $9,000 to $17,000 higher costs compared to normal-weight adults.”

Most people don’t make great decisions when it comes to their health. This is best evidenced by the nurse taking care of you at the hospital that is far too heavy and prone to smoke breaks during her shift. S/he knows they aren’t modeling healthy behavior for their patients, or themselves; but that doesn’t keep them from ingesting thousands of empty calories, smoking, and/or not exercising.

I have found that speaking to someone about their poor health now, or the future, is often met with dismissal. There is always a litany of excuses about why a person is unable to start on a path to health and wellness. These take the form as follows:

  • Too busy taking care of others
  • Too busy working
  • Don’t know how to get started
  • Don’t know how to eat healthier
  • Afraid of going to a gym because they are heavy
  • Fear of being judged because of their weight
  • Don’t have the money to invest in a gym membership
  • etc., etc,…

Keeping in mind the difficulty I have faced over the years speaking to someone’s sensibility, I would like to take a different approach. Forget for a moment the physiological toll being obese takes (this list is long), the monetary toll is astounding.

Being obese is going to bankrupt you. Being unhealthy in general is expensive. Reread the first two paragraphs again. The amount of money an obese person will spend in a year/lifetime is staggering.

I’d like to share a quick story with you. My brother, Adam, was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes a couple of years ago. He ate himself into that condition and at the time of his diagnosis was around 70 pounds overweight. As a provider of health and fitness (and co-owner of SBG Athens with me) he was far from a good role model. This was something he knew but seemed somewhat powerless to remedy. I believe he battled with it on a daily basis.

Learning that he had diabetes and finally having a doctor tell him he was at risk of losing his sight and his life, he decided to do something about it. Not all people are like Adam though. His IQ and intellect allowed for him to study and research his disease (as well as his stunning knowledge of strength and nutrition) to the point that his doctor consults with him on his own treatment. I don’t believe for a second my brother is the only person ever to walk into a doctor’s office and be told they were on a path which ended in death.

I understand that most people aren’t willing to do the research and learn about how to be healthy. It can be pretty simple though. You can get out and walk, stop snacking, eat smaller meals, and drink water instead of soft drinks just to name a few. As a one time business mentor told me, “You either do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you.” What that means is, you either cure yourself by learning about proper nutrition, weight loss, strength training, etc.; or pay someone else to do it for you.

Think about how much money you will spend on hospital visits, cardiac surgeries, increased insurance fees, and on medications. Don’t forget the money lost due to absence from work (as well as lost time with your family and loved ones), and long term disability. These are the costs you will pay for being unhealthy. Why instead wouldn’t a person choose to invest their money in a fitness program that can alleviate those expenses over time? If you aren’t willing to make a decision with your head, maybe I can get you to make a decision with your wallet. It certainly can’t hurt any more than you are presently hurting yourself.

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Is Orange Theory Fitness in Athens, Georgia Your Best Option For Getting In Shape

It is 100% easier to do nothing than it is to do something.

At SBG Athens, home of TFW Athens, one of the most important lessons we teach is that you must show up. We further teach that you must also then do something, and it must be pushing you in the direction of meeting your goals. As an example, if a person wants to lose weight, they likely need to show up at a fitness facility (or track, park, pool, etc.) and do something that raises their heart rate and causes a sweat. Showing up and eating a bag of potato chips while sitting on a bench might be antithetical to that goal. One of those things is much likelier to push you towards achieving success than the other. I’m hoping you know which one.

Many people know what they are supposed to do; but lack the motivation, discipline, or knowledge to do it on their own. That’s why a large percentage of gym members never actually use their membership (upwards of 67% according to statisticbrain.com).

An article in The Atlantic states the following:
Gyms make most of their money from two sorts of people: 1) Absentee members and 2) super-users who pay not only the monthly fee but also for the add-ons, like trainers and classes, all the way down to the whey smoothies.

“Commercial health clubs need about 10 times as many members as their facilities can handle, so designing them for athletes, or even aspiring athletes, makes no sense,” Men’s Journal explained in Everything You Know About Fitness Is a Lie.

This is why many people are turning towards group fitness programs (GFP) like Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) in Athens, GA; in lieu of working out on their own. But are all GFP the same? It is our contention they’re not all created equal; and therein lies the problem. How is one to know what is best, and what will get them not only to their immediate goals, but be viable over the long term?

In the beginning, just about any workout will get a person results. Especially if that person just got off the couch for the first time in years. Nevertheless, the answer lies in the program’s ability to create constant, progressive resistance, which will subsequently force adaptation and a change in body composition (reduced fat and increase in lean muscle mass).

This is why, at first, many people see results from the common GFP that includes aerobic/anaerobic conditioning coupled with bodyweight/light weight circuits at high rep ranges. There invariably comes a point though at which you cannot go any faster or do any more reps. Ever increasing volume (more reps achieved in a similar amount of time) has a deleterious effect. The unfortunate outcome in trying to do so, is often injury. There is also the scattershot approach to training (read: no thought given to proper programming) taken at gyms like OTF in Athens, GA.

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Another piece often missing from these types of places is nutrition. An important adage at TFW Athens is, “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” It’s why we are constantly talking about eating healthy (that’s another very long article), eating enough (big caloric deficits can actually lead to loss of lean muscle and increased fat), and creating proper nutritional habits.

A normal person looking for a gym should have the following three goals (in no particular order):

  1. Improved mobility: This is directly related to “quality of life.” Things like sitting down on the toilet and not needing someone to pick you up off the can. Your ability to bend over at the waist and pick a pencil off the floor. Lower chances of falling, and lowering your risk of injury.
  2. Improved body composition: Don’t we all want to lose fat and gain muscle mass? The loss of muscle mass is known as aging.
  3. Get stronger: Mark Ripitoe said, “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.” The longer we can remain stronger the better. This is as simple as being able to lift your grandkids or putting an item up on a shelf.

A properly designed fitness program will include methods to address these four areas: weight lifting, sprinting, metabolic conditioning, and nutrition. We might not all be athletes anymore, but shouldn’t we all want to look and move more like one? Athletes lift heavy weights and sprint. So should you.

Coach Rory

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