New Year’s Resolutions: Improve Health, Spend Less
People want good health. NBC News reported the number one New Year’s Resolution for 2017 is to Improve Health. Citing market-research firm iQuanti, the most popular 2017 New Year’s Resolutions are:
1. Improve Health
2. Be Organized
3. Live Life Fully
4. Find New Hobbies
5. Save Money and Spend Less
IQuanti notes, while health-driven resolutions are common, this year there was a 315% increase in searches for “gym” showing gym memberships will likely rise as will purchases of fitness equipment, activewear, athletic footwear, and fitness trackers.
The Cost of Getting Healthy
Per a CNBC report, the average gym membership costs between $40 and $50 a month, or $480 – $600 year. In five years, that’s between $2,400 and $3,000.
Runner’s World magazine reports the lifetime cost of running 30 miles a week over 57 years ─ replacing running shoes and running outfits, adding investments in gear and other expenses ─ ranges from $14,357 to $212,872, or from the cost of buying a nice used car to buying a modest house.
Research shows people are ever-willing to make changes, and spend money, to improve health and quality of life.
Per online knowledge-aggregator, Quora:
- Americans spend $40 to $50 billion annually on weight loss (60% to 90% of that is wasted when weight is regained within 2 years).
- Americans spend about $30 billion a year on athletic apparel.
Lack of Resolve and Repetition Breaks Resolutions
One reason New Year’s Health Resolutions fail is that major changes require lifestyle or habit change (hard), not buying a gym membership or running shoes (easy). Habits require repetition and dogged persistence to change, and a few missed gym trips or workouts can break a good habit.
One health-affecting habit that is easier to change is cleaning.
Why? It is very close to home (convenient) and must or should be done routinely (i.e., habitually).
According to the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI), chemical cleaners often contain harmful ingredients such as alkylphenols, glycol ethers, phthalates and other substances that may irritate eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, contribute to hormonal/reproductive problems, allergies, asthma, cancer, nerve damage, and diabetes.
Blood studies have shown many of these chemicals end up inside humans, where they may contribute to long-term or chronic illness.
Spend Less to Improve Health More
A one-time investment of a few thousand dollars in a professional-quality TANCS® dry steam vapor machine is a pittance in relation to the return on investment:
- No chemical exposures
- No chemical purchases (uses tap water only)
- No disinfectant purchases (uses tap water only)
- No disinfectant exposures (disinfects in 5-7 seconds using moist heat)
- Easy to use (add water, plug it in, wait 7 minutes and apply continuous steam to all washable surfaces – can be refilled when still hot, through a continuous-fill feature)
- Gentle ergonomic exercise through dry steaming your space
- Lifetime warranty on boiler
- No gym membership or running shoes needed