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The investment that gives you the biggest pay-off

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Homes. Stocks. Retirement. Savings.

These are all things you invest in with the expectation of getting something (usually a financial profit) in return. The idea is that with more money or material possessions, you’ll be secure and able to enjoy life.

But what about things that improve your health?

Gym memberships. Healthy food. Annual check-ups.

These are often seen as expenses, not investments.

DSCF4408Yet your health is one of the most important investments you can make. It gives you a significant return on your quality of life. And that is priceless. After all, what good is your hard-earned money if you aren’t well enough to enjoy it?

Money allows you to afford a vacation, but good health gives you the stamina to explore another country. Money will buy you a big home, but health gives you the freedom to run up and down the stairs with ease. Money lets you provide for your kids, but health makes sure you can keep up with them.

But despite the benefits of working out and getting in shape, people are often reluctant to sign up for a gym membership. One of the biggest objections we hear is that they don’t want to spend the money.

Of course you don’t have to make a financial investment to start getting healthy or fit. Going for a run or doing a bodyweight workout in your home won’t cost you anything aside from time and energy.

But if you find it hard to get motivated on your own, there are advantages to joining a gym. Such as:

  • Meeting new friends/socializing
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Access to coaching
  • A weather-safe environment

Sometimes levelling up means taking a chance and spending some money. If you wanted to fix up your house, you’d have to pay a contractor. If you wanted to get a new degree, you might have to take out a student loan. And if you wanted to get in great shape, purchasing a gym membership could be the first step.

You might be thinking that a renovation or new degree would at least potentially get you more money in return–something a gym membership won’t do. But think of the money you would be saving on healthcare and possible medical bills.

Ultimately, it comes down to your priorities and what’s most important for you. When weighing the pros and cons of joining a gym or maybe hiring a coach, ask yourself what you would need from that experience to make it worth the price.

Would losing the extra 20 lbs be worth it? Would feeling stronger and more confident be worth it? Would making new friends and feeling like you fit in be worth it?

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Without a doubt, you are worth the investment. In fact, an investment in your health—whether it’s buying organic food or getting a gym membership or purchasing dumbbells for your home—is an investment in yourself.

With so many stressors in everyday life, self-care is critical. On a smaller scale, you practice self-care when you get your hair done or get a massage. These things makes you feel good. They rejuvenate you, and thus you are able to give more to the world around you.

Because you can’t take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself.

Just as monetary investments contribute to economic abundance, investing in yourself creates personal abundance. You are taking a chance on opportunities for yourself, like renewed health and happiness, personal growth, and new experiences. You are making your world bigger.

When you don’t invest in yourself, your world stays the same, at best. You continue to play small. Stay safe. Maintain the status quo. And for some people, that’s fine. But if you’ve found yourself reading this post, maybe you want something more.

The investment in self is not only limited to a gym membership. If you are looking to level up your life, you can also look into:

  • Personal development
  • Therapy
  • Learning a new skill
  • Educational books
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Joining a club
  • Learning new ways to be creative

We get that finances might be tight. But if there’s a personal investment you’ve been wanting to make, there are ways to make it work. Can you find a way to cut down on expenses? For example, cancel your all-access cable subscription for a couple of months or cut down on the number of meals you eat at restaurants. If you have a specialized skill, consider bartering services. Get creative!

Investing in yourself sends a message to the world that your sense of self-worth is such that you are willing to put time, effort, and, yes, money into reaching your goals. The pay-off is not only improving yourself, but bringing that positive energy to the world around you.DSCF3972

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the leap and invest in yourself, Crossfit Soul’s bootcamp program is a good starting point. It can be modified for all fitness levels, making it one of our most accessible programs. Workouts include skill work and high intensity workouts that incorporate compound strength movements and cardio. And clients can always expect a friendly, laid back atmosphere. If you’d like to get started, click here to reserve a free trial class today.