Last year Money Magazine ran an infographic on the cost of keeping fit.
There are a few facts from the piece that I want to highlight and comment on.
The first one was the median annual health club dues. It was listed as $828.
We pay more than this. Our club runs $149 per month for four of us. But it is top-of-the-line and seems in line with what we get.
Between the four of us we are at the club 60 times or so per month, so on a cost-per-trip basis it's not that expensive.
On top of that I pay a trainer $89 a month for one session. TOTALLY worth it! He's moved me from 28% body fat to 16%. Better yet, he's all but eliminated my back issues.
I've spent thousands on doctors over the years trying to cure my back, so the money I spend on the trainer is well worth it.
The next piece of info Money shares is the earnings boost if a person exercises 3+ hours a week. For men, the boost is 6%. For women, it's 10%.
Assuming the average household makes $50k per year, a 6% boost is $3k and a 10% boost is $5k. So that health club can actually pay off -- as long as you use it.
Finally, Money asked people how much they plan to spend a year on fitness. The outliers are very interesting.
33% said they plan to spend less than $100.
This must be people that do absolutely nothing as even people who participate in low-cost exercise programs (like running) need things like shoes, apparel, etc.
23% said they plan to spend more than $1,000.
This is likely due to people like me who go to higher-end gyms as well as people who cycle, run triathlons, and are fitness fanatics in one way or another.
How about you? How do you fit into these stats?