Exercise is important for a hundred reasons.
It makes you look good. It makes you feel good. It makes you strong. It makes you confident.
And it saves you money.
The healthier you are, the better it is for your pocketbook. If your muscles are engaged, your body is toned, and you have a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index), you are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, infertility, and joint problems. Thus, you are likely to bypass the high bills associated with hospital stays, doctor visits, prescriptions, and surgeries.
I try to remind myself of these things every day when I want to say, "I'm too tired to exercise" or "I don't feel like exercising" or "I only had five hours of sleep last night." There is always a reason not to exercise - and sometimes the reasons can seem quite logical.
BUT I can't let myself go down that road so I operate under a "no excuses" mentality. Unless the sky is literally falling (and I don't mean that it's raining), I follow a fitness plan. Right now, I'm training for a 5K. It's not the toughest or the longest workout in the world, but it's something.
I don't skimp on workout gear either. I buy the best sports bras, tennis shoes, and running clothes because I know that those expenses are minimal compared to the huge price tag of poor health.
Today, in honor of healthy living, I'm giving away a $100 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. Maybe you need a new pair of tennies. Or hiking boots. Or a tennis racket. Or a running skirt.
I think I'd want to buy:
YOUR TURN: What would you buy?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, September 15th at 11:59 p.m. For an extra entry: follow Dick's Sporting Goods on Twitter and then leave an additional comment telling me that you did. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #19 Kim. Congratulations!