Workout of the Day

Expensive Choices


While it’s easy to see the potential costs of taking an action or making a change, it’s easy to overlook the costs of inaction.

Joining a gym is a perfect example. You see the costs of making this change in your life: going to the gym will cost you a few hours every week, enrollment in a fitness program will cost money every month, the actual training will cost temporary discomfort. For many, this short list is enough to deter them from making the change.

What is overlooked is the cost of what you are doing right now. Of course, the costs of your current actions are often, a) long term costs, further down the road than we are willing to look, and b) already coming out of your metaphorical bank account -- it is a cost that you’ve become so familiar and comfortable with that you hardly recognize that it’s there. So while your current lack of exercise may be incurring enormous costs such as low daily energy and functionality, a crash course towards a future of preventable disease such diabetes and heart disease, increasing body fat, hormone imbalances, and poor emotional and mental states, you trick yourself into thinking that the cost of making change (enrolling in a training program, for example) incurs far too great of a task.

For better or worse (often worse), you will always be more comfortable with the familiar than with making change. Take this idea and apply it generously in any big decision in your life: time management, dietary choices, career, family, etc.

This game of cost analysis is going on all the time in your head. The trick is to step back far enough that you can see the costs you’re already incurring. Often, you’ll find that the costs of inaction are far greater than you thought.

- PS


  • Max unbroken HSPU


  • 16 min AMRAP

    • 80 double-unders

    • 40 squats

    • 20 knees-to-elbows

    • 10 HSPU