During my time in the AFL, I’d often hear players talk about all the sacrifices they’d made for their fitness, their training and their team’s success. In the same way, people often think of making sacrifices for their fitness now, so they’ll be healthy enough to enjoy their family and their retirement later.
The truth is, working on your fitness isn’t a sacrifice. Not in the same way you make sacrifices to meet the rising cost of living and house prices. Your health is instant. The moment you finish exercising, you feel better immediately.
My family is the most important thing to me, but even they’d agree – if I haven’t done any exercise for a period of time, I get grumpy anyway. So the time I spend with them isn’t as a high-quality as it is when I’m feeling good and healthy.
So while spending time on your health now will absolutely set you up for the future, taking a positive approach to your physical and mental fitness will have instant benefits too. It’s the investment that keeps on giving.
And at the end of the day, there’s nobody who can invest in your personal health but you.