Is Your Health a Luxury?

When you think about your finances or your monthly budget, what do you consider to be a "luxury" expense? Do you think about these things as being luxuries that you can "eliminate" if money gets tight? A new car Vacation Beauty Treatments Massage New Clothes Dinners out Personal Training Gym Membership Monthly subscriptions Specialty food items New Shoes Consider for a moment the following scenario... You have a pet you love. Really LOVE. You love CatInsurance_merge_C1_18little "Boots" so much, you can't imagine life without him. But you knew when you got him that in all likelihood you would outlive him, and the day would come you'd have to say 'goodbye'. So as fate would have it, you come home from work one day and little "Boots" is hiding under the bed and you know you need to get him to the doctor pronto. The Vet tells you what you already suspect andinforms you that if they operate right away you'll possibly provide him with a few more months of smothering love. You whip out that credit card so fast you get a paper cut and buy him (you) some time because let's face it, Boots is your life and a few more possible months is worth every Goddamned penny. Fast forward a couple months. Little Boots is long passed. You run into an old friend at Starbucks and you share your sad story. Your friend tells you what he's doing and how he just hired a personal trainer because he himself had a health scare a few months ago when he visited his own "vet". His doctor told him that if he didn't lose 45 lbs. he would soon be on blood pressure medication, would be a full blown Type II Diabetic and would be at risk for a heart attack, stroke or worse.  So he hired a private trainer and began a nutritional program that was helping him so much he had already lost 22 lbs. Despite your concern for his health and your interest in his program, your first question wasn't "Who's your doctor?". Not  "What type of program are you on?"  And it wasn't "Who is your trainer?".  It was "HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?" Now, I get it.  Personal training is a "Luxury", like facials, waxings and golf.  And gee....what would your friends say if they knew you were splurging on a private trainer for Gods' sake!?  And what would your family say when you tell them that you can't pick little Suzy up from school the next day because you don't want to missyour training session?  Or what would your spouse say if you started to look better than they do?  Shudder the though...Untitled design (2) But consider the following... Your body is your Home. hqdefault Literally...it's where your soul resides.  You get 1 Body.  ONE.  Forever.  But regardless, you beat it up, you bruise it, deplete it, burn it's exteriior, abuse it, fill it with toxins,fuel it with the worst sources of fuel imaginable, ding it, ink it, cut it, break it, drug it, and still expect it to run the way it did when it was first given to you...perfectly in it's perfect perfection.   Now look at your dream car. Or better yet, let's look at my dream car... A Tesla-ahhhhh0316-Tesla-Model-S-P85D Would I put sugar in my dream car's tank and expect it to run very well?  Uh...NO!  Would I crash it, bump it, ding it, let a drunk driver drive it?  Not a chance. And I wouldn't leave it out to burn and peel from the sun, I wouldn't run it on empty, I wouldn't try to alter it in any way and I definitely wouldn't run it on empty. . But nonetheless, people go about several times throughout their lifetime, making down payments in the thousands then monthly payments in the hundreds without thinking about it because heck, it's your dream vehicle remember? Now let's look at Your Body.  Your Home.  Your "one and only".   Why not make IT your Dream Vehicle?   I'm not talking aesthetics, although it's always nice to have your body in great form and fitness ability.  No, I'm talking about your best healthy body imaginable.  Your best overall YOU, inside and out.senior fitness Deciding that your body deserves your attention is not something to feel ashamed or embarrassed about.  In fact, it's downright SELF-ish...in the best sense of the word!  Being Self-ish is not a sin.  On the contrary, it is a blessing! Taking care of yourself is something that God, Source Energy, the Almighty, the Universe, Ala, whatever your name for your creator is, would surely want you to do.  I would bet He'd insist on it.  After all, it was His design. So what's your body's life "worth"?  What do you think the maintenance or monthly "lease" on your Dream Vehicle should be?  Do you think it's too much to spend $3,000 a month on taking care of the very gift you received at birth -- a beautiful house to live in for the rest of your life? $2,000?  $1,000?  $500?  At what cost are you willing to turn in your lease on life?  Are you waiting for the doctor to tell you it's too late to reverse the damage? What you spend will be a direct correlation to your future health and in this case, you DO get what you pay for (or what you don't pay for).  Have you seen the rising cost of health care in America?  How about the cost of SICK care?  (don't get me started...) Your health is NOT a luxury.  This is your LIFE we're talking about.  When you realize that, and are ready to start being SELF-ish, please let me assist you with your goals. Follow me on Facebook for daily motivation and inspiration.  

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by Leslie

Leslie Maltz has been helping clients in the greater Los Angeles area get into shape with sports conditioning, lifestyle coaching, nutrition, weight loss and post-injury training since 1996. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Expert and Performance Enhancement Specialist.