Wednesday 26 March 2014 3.49pm
Is income really a barrier to fitness?
I need to exercise to keep healthy (doctor's orders...). I started running years ago (not in a Forrest Gump way :)) because, apart from the investment in good running shoes, it's cheap and flexible. I would prefer to swim though, as it is a better workout, but I don't like the "Gym Culture" and membership prices just to be allowed to swim in a tiny pool are prohibitive. Also, I believe running is not for everybody (I used to have a running partner who had to stop because her tight nasal passages practically caused her to hyperventilate, defying the purpose of running - she now cycles). For me personally, working out is a virtuous circle, I do think that income can be a barrier to fitness (even martial arts clubs aren't cheap e.g. if you add travel to and fees for tournaments to the membership fee). I can afford fitness for me and my family, but I do think it is in the bigger interest to make fitness affordable/free for people on lower income.