The Risk You're Taking By Not Investing In Your Health

The Risk You're Taking By Not Investing In Your Health

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I know last week I left you with lots of info on why we need carbs and how to build muscle. This week I was planning on telling you how when these powers combine they are Captain Planet - and basically amazing and super effective in providing us with emotional freedom from the carb phobia so many of us have...

but then this little quote popped up on my Instagram and I just COULD. NOT. LET. IT. GO. 

As a trainer I hear two reasons above all else that people can't start a new health and fitness routine. 

  1. "I don't have the time."

  2. "I don't have the money."

Out of respect I usually just agree that yes, it does take time, and it does take money to be healthy and fit. And then I reassure them that sure, it would, undoubtedly, be easier NOT to prioritize your  their health. But today, I'm telling you how I really feel and why I really hope you'll change your perspective and throw out those excuses before it's too late.

Your health is an investment.

This quote speaks to me, and not just for the obvious "go do what you love" mentality. It also says something else: Your health is an INVESTMENT. You CAN prioritize everything else before your health now but if you neglect yourself enough you almost certainly will not be able to enjoy the freedom you've worked so hard for later. You are the only person that can invest the time, energy, and money into your own health. And that's devastatingly important- because at the end of the day you will not be able to buy your health back.

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Tomorrow, tomorrow... I'll love you tomorrow.

We all have those days when we promise ourselves we will “do it tomorrow”. I’m too busy today. I’ll start a diet tomorrow. I’ll workout tomorrow. We put ourselves on the back burner over and over again. Today is the day to take care of yourself. 

The juice is worth the squeeze.

I get it, because, let’s face it, it’s hard work to prioritize your health and make time for you. Starting a new routine and committing to making healthy changes can seem nearly impossible… I mean, it’s hard to show up and workout even when you’re already used to it being a part of your normal routine. Making your health a priority isn’t easy, but it is SO WORTH IT.

How to become one of those "healthy people". 

Looking at health as an investment is an interesting analogy because if you spend all your time thinking you’ll take care of yourself tomorrow, you might not make it to the “tomorrow” you’re promising yourself. You can’t expect your retirement account to hit your magic number when you begin saving at 45 years old instead of 25. Just like when you invest your money in the account and it starts to compound and grow over time, so will your health. The sooner you make a commitment to it, the sooner you’re on the path to “health wealth”. Over time your body adapts to being more and more active and healthy so that maintenance is a little easier. You can invest the same amount on day 600 that you did on day 1 and it starts to go a little farther. The interest starts to compound over time and eventually you’re one of those healthy people. We have to start early if we want to get the return on our time and energy in the gym.

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Pay a little now, or much more later. 

Gym memberships, healthy food, fitness classes… they all cost money. Often times they’re “expensive” but sickness and medications and doctor’s visits are also pretty pricey. It’s hard to start to carve out the time in your day to prioritize a workout or cooking a healthy meal, just like it’s hard to initially give up that slice of your paycheck for your retirement account… but it has to be done, or you know you’ll find yourself in a much tougher situation down the road.

"Easy for you to say, Ashley."

Look, I recognize that most people don’t work in health and fitness like I do. Most people don’t have the luxury of combining their daily grind with their health. But being able to use work or other necessary daily tasks as an excuse to neglect your health won’t bail you out later.

You are the only person that can invest the time, energy, and money into your own health.

So, you have to invest in your health, all the time. You have to put in the time, the energy and the financial expense to keep your body on your side. So that when “tomorrow” comes, you have a body that will allow you to do all the things you’ve dreamed of doing.  

If you're spinning your wheels and feeling desperate to finally lose those 10-20lbs that crept on - I want to help you. Financial wealth is simply not enough. Let's spend 10 minutes to talk about how you can reach your greatest "health wealth". 


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About Ashley:

Ashley is a Pilates instructor and entrepreneur in NYC who specializes in biomechanics and exercise nutrition. She uses the science behind exercise physiology to empower her clients to lead healthy, happy lives. Her passion project is writing “The LEAN Life Newsletter” which goes out every Tuesday and focuses on Lifestyle, Exercise, Active recovery, and Nutrition and serves as the backbone for her L.E.A.N. Life online health and fitness programs. She aims to get this information into the hands of as many women as possible so they can feel stronger and more confident in their bodies. For more information head to AshleyBrownPilates.com or @AshleyBrownPilates on instagram, or click here to get on the L.E.A.N. Life List!