I just read an interesting blog entry by Dustin Maher Fitness where he rants about the "cost" of unhealthy lifestyle choices. We have a responsbility to not only change the healthy habits of our family but to impact those around us. I hope your motivation is more than money out of your pocket, but here's some shocking facts about unhealthy lifestyles and how others can impact your wallet with their poor choices:
Did you know that 1 in 2 women die of heart disease? Since 1984
more women die of heart disease than men.
Did you know that the indirect and direct costs of heart disease is
$1,051,302.04 according to the US Preventative Services Task Force?
Direct costs can be upwards of $600,000.
Did you know 1 in 3 people die from cancer? The average direct
cost of cancer is $138,384.65 according to the American Cancer
Now I am not saying 100% of these diseases could be prevented,
but according to the largest cancer research institute in the entire
world it said, "Instead of our genes, our lifestyle and environment
account for 90-95% of our most chronic diseases."
When we are driving our car and we see our engine light or our
tire pressure light come on, we will most likely make an appointment
to get the car checked out, but when it comes to taking care of
our bodies we neglect it.
Don't you think your body is more important than your car?
He goes on to outline the importance of those of you who "get it" spreading the word and helping those who don't...
You might be reading this and say "yes Dustin, I agree with what
you are saying and are 100% on board." To you I say awesome.
Ignore your family members and friends who think you are crazy
for getting up early to workout, saying no to dessert when everyone
else is eating it, and to drinking your water when everyone else is sipping
on their wine or hard liquor.
It is YOU who we need more of... Those who refuse to blend into
what our society now considers the norm. (fat, sick, and depressed).
If you are reading this and feel convicted, Dustin has some advice...
You need to come up with a plan of attack to begin to develop
new lifestyle habits, because if you don't, it will kill you eventually.
If it doesn't kill you soon, it will drastically decrease the
quality of your life.
If you only knew how amazing you could feel, you would
never want to do what you are doing to your body,
but the problem is your health has decreased slowly over time and
you have forgotten what ultimate health feels like.
These are blunt statements that could leave some offeneded, but his point is that it's time to be blunt. Time to change our society from sick, fat and depressed towards ultimate health by improving lifestyle choices and decreasing the "cost" for all of us.