Today, I want to break down the fitness spend into two categories: Action and Maybe If.
The Action category includes anything that involves taking action specifically towards your goals - ie. training sessions, boot camps, dietitian or nutritionist consultations etc.
A good way to see if something fits into the Action category is to think if you increase your spend, would you likely get closer to your goal?
For example: if you did twice as many training sessions, would you get fitter, faster?
The Maybe If category contains anything that is an accessory to your fitness goals.
Its name comes from the decision to purchase said item, because it will benefit your fitness or weight loss.
“Maybe if I buy these runners I’ll start running more.”
Let’s not get too caught up on what’s in each of the categories - I am sure you get a general idea.
Although, I should say I think a gym membership falls into the Maybe If category whereas personal training/bootcamp are Action.
Don't think I am sitting here on my high horse, ridiculing your fitness investments, because I am not...
In fact, I am the king of the Maybe If category, and I don’t really like heights.
I got the full version of Runkeeper when I decided I was going to run 5 km once per week, because I didn’t want to miss any of the stats that professionals people running 50 km - 100 km per week benefit from.
I also grabbed the best Fitbit available because I wanted to track my heart rate and activity.
These turned out to be good purchases, this time, but I can’t say the same for the new football I got so I could practice for my return to the field.
Both the football and the return to play, have now been abandoned.