Julie Sylvester
Though the concept of fitness as a personal priority has been around at least as long as President Kennedy made it a hallmark of his administration, it is only in the last few years that we have been bombarded with the concept from all angles. Television advertising, media articles, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the proliferation of fitness trackers and smart watches, the development of corporate wellness programs, the continuing evolution of “smart” fabrics are some of the elements of our present day culture that continually remind us that we should make the effort to stay fit. Everybody knows it; not everybody does it. The problem is motivation: it takes commitment to yourself to get and stay “in shape.” An article in today’s New York Times offers a new inducement: exercising saves you money! A study conducted by a number of elite universities and hospitals throughout the country, analyzing more than 26,000 people and just published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, deduced that making time for regular exercise saves the average person $2,500/year. If shrinking your belly is not enough motivation, perhaps expanding your wallet will be. Get fit, live longer, think of all that money!