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The Modern Fitness and Sports Craze: Is it worth it?

Most American families have their kids in a sport of some kind; be it soccer, football, basketball, maybe baseball, or perhaps ice hockey. Some kids are in their local Boy or Girl Scout Club. Young men and women are taking Yoga lessons, and the list goes on and on; the cost goes on and on. This football helmet, that baseball glove, the trip to the adjoining state for a game. Is it worth the money?

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Studies show that most families that have children involved in sports spend about $5000 annually. What an incredible waste (not to mention money spent on entertainment!). They could have saved the money for college, or, better yet, have saved it for that car and house they dream for… debt free.

 

Lets see what a YMCA membership costs; for a youth like me, it would cost $240 annually in my area. Multiply that a couple times for each of your siblings or children, and that becomes almost a thousand dollars! Then, what happens when you are running a 5k and you fall and break your arm, or sprain your wrist severely? The Emergency Center is more than likely your next stop. Then, add to that opportunity cost the other costs, like having a personal trainer at your local gym, lessons with others, and other such costs, you are probably spending far more than you should!

 

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3 responses

  1. It’s hard to put a cost on health and well-being. Unfortunately, intramural sports do cost money to play, but you have to keep in mind, they cost money to run. Yes, there are ways to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle for free, such as pick-up soccer games, runs on the beach, yoga at home. Yet, there is something to be said about making a commitment to show up on time, every time to an intramural activity. These sports activities not only build character, a sense of community, leadership, and teamwork, but they also lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. I can only imagine what a lover of video games spends on hardware, software, and internet connection per year. Of course there are benefits to playing some video games, such as strategy and problem solving. But it’s hard for me to put a price on a healthy, active and communal lifestyle. Coming from someone who played sports growing up and now am striving to be a successful and life-impacting yoga teacher, I will say over and over, of course it is worth it. Cheers

    October 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    • I understand that there are costs involved, but there are more important things to life than just charging around with a football. Sure, you SHOULD be healthy; that is being a good steward of what you have. But a lot of this sports stuff is for fun, and not necessarily for keeping in shape. Also, I mentioned the risks involved; some of these sports are very risky, and are a strain on your body. Getting your teeth knocked out in a game isn’t being a good steward.

      I admit, that you do gain character playing sports, but sports shouldn’t be most of our lives. Kids go into school, as soon as they go home, its off to football practice; school isn’t even a priority to these kids. The same goes for video games and TV; every spare moment is packed with entertainment.

      Thank you for your comment!

      October 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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