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My family and friends are too nice to comment about it, but it really bugs me that I’ve gained 90 pounds in 13 years.  I remember the day the scale showed 150 pounds when I was walking into the hospital to deliver my first child…that seems like my SKINNY days now!  There are a lot of barriers to losing the weight, but time is the primary factor.  Between work, commuting, parenting, wife-ing, and all the other responsibilities I shoulder, going to a gym does not appeal to me at all.  We live on a busy road where walking=a death wish.  Most of my activity happens on camping trips when we swim, walk, and ride bikes.  What to do in between those weekend excursions?  I was invited to try Faithful Workouts and decided it was time to stop making excuses.

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Healthy Living Giveaway Hop featuring DynaPro Direct

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DynaPro Direct.  The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Now that the holidays are over, we need to take some time and give our bodies some TLC.  Since we’re busy adults and many of us are also busy parents, it’s easy to forget that our own health is just as important as keeping our family healthy.  Do you have a New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier or lose weight?  MPM Blogging Network decided to gather some great blogs and help to jump start your new healthy life style with the Healthy Living Giveaway Hop!  Each of the participating blogs below is hosting their very own unique giveaway. So make sure to enter them all!  The Healthy Living Giveaway Hop is live 1/16 at 3:00 PM ET and ends 1/31 at 11:59pm.

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Thrifty Thursday: Is exercise cheaper than medical bills?

A few weeks ago, I noticed a sign on a local gym that read “Exercise, it’s cheaper than medical bills.”  It got me thinking……is that really true?

Well, how much could your medical bills amount to when you don’t exercise?  I suppose that depends on your weight, genetics, and maybe a bit of luck.  I have friends who don’t exercise, eat all they want, and have zero medical issues and weigh next to nothing.  Stupid metabolism.  On the other hand, I have the unfortunate genes that make me look like the Woman of Willendorf.  (If you don’t know who that is, let me warn you not to Google it.  It’s not a pretty picture.)    Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, oh my! It all runs in my family. So the cost of medicine could really add up in my case.  Not to mention all the doctor’s visits requiring co-pays that would be required.  So I made a very rough estimate of $100 per month in the consideration of NOT exercising for better health.  That figure includes potential medications and doctor’s visits.  You could also include time missed from work in that amount if needed.

To conduct My Very Unscientific Research, I used Amazon to determine the cost of exercise.  I realize that the sign was meant to prompt me to exercise at that gym, but I would prefer a free or at least cheaper option, like walking or yoga at home.  I tried to consider the approximate cost of equipment that I might need.  For example, the cost of exercise shoes is something to consider if you’re going to walk. [Read more…]