Making Personal Training Affordable
Personal Trainers are constantly looking for the “hook” to get consumers to sign up for their health and fitness services. Many struggle with the same dilemma – convincing people they need to invest in themselves and justifying the cost. Self investment is a simple concept, but Americans have skewed thoughts as to what is important. This is painfully obvious by the all too typical “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality; people buy houses they cannot afford, lease cars that are way out of their price range, and run up credit card bills on clothing or to be seen at chic clubs and eateries. For what? Quality of life is more closely linked to physical and mental well-being than what other people think. Consider this: if someone asked you when you were nine years old, would you rather be obese and drive a Mercedes or healthy and drive a Toyota? Would you rather have a disease like diabetes or hypertension and live in a big house or be healthy in a medium size house? Would you rather be out of shape and carry a designer handbag or in good shape and carry a non-brand leather bag? The answers are obvious at age nine because they are logical. Therefore, it would seem that spending money on a personal trainer for one’s health, fitness, improved quality of life and positive health benefits far outweighs spending that money to impress someone else or buy something not really needed.
One nice part of this situation is that it does not have to be an all or none scenario. The truly beneficial part of using money for personal improvement over material gain is that a balance can be reached because caloric expenditure saves money. A little planning and some appropriate effort leads to improvements in both financial as well as personal health. Consider the following suggestions when discussing ways to cover the cost of personal training and recognize the contributions to the effort needed for goal attainment.
One quick way to get available cash for personal training services that also burns calories and contributes to health improvements is to wash your own car. Car wash services range from $15 to $50 depending on the service, while washing one’s own car burns approximately 270 calories/hour for an average 180 pound person. If that same person walks his dog for 30 minutes, he saves another $14 (approximate dog walker fee) and burns 174 calories. When that same person decides to pack a lunch or make dinner at home he saves between $8-15 at lunch and between 300-700 calories, while at dinner he saves between $20-$50 and a surprising 500-2,000 calories. If that weekend he mows and trims his own lawn he will save $30 and burn 194 calories per half hour of work; add in cleaning the house instead of paying a cleaning service and he burned an additional 100 calories per half hour of work and saved $20-25 an hour. If he bikes a couple times a week to a local destination he’ll save money on gas and burn more than 200 per half hour trip. Other cut backs in a week that would pay for training services include reducing dry cleaning services, avoiding Starbucks by making coffee at home, and participating in physical activities rather than going out one night a week. Basketball or related activity makes for a fun Thursday night where many others drink 500 calories and spend $30. Personal training is affordable, it is more about managing spending. Based on the above examples, burning calories can be a very effective strategy in conserving discretionary income– all that’s needed is a little motivation.