2016 has been the year of the smart watch for me. I got an Apple Watch sports (~$400) and then got two GPS sports watches (more than $1k total). That’s a lot of expensive watches in the same year!
Let me be clear though: if sports watches help you train, you don’t need a GPS sports watch to exercise. Actually you really don’t need any expensive gear to exercise and have fun.
I see a lot of Youtube videos reviewing expensive pieces of gear, from the latest running shoes, new sports watches to special pre and post-workout shakes.
There is likewise a whole industry of sports coaches, fitness gear brands, nutritionists who promote the idea that the more you spend, the better. At this time of the year, we also see non-stop magazine articles on the best (expensive) gifts for runners or cyclists. This makes people, especially beginners, think that you have to spend money to exercise and get the whole kit to begin anything: wireless earphones, wearables, apps, gear, subscriptions.
THIS HAS TO STOP.
Money should not be an issue in sports or physical activity.
You can train with the same pair of shoes you are working with. That’s what I do and I’m very happy this way. Of course, I could run faster or look cooler with a $180 pair of shoes, but who cares?
You can go to local parks and use the benches to work out. That’s free plus you get fresh air compared to the gym.
You don’t need fancy protein shakes or supplements. Who cares if you bench 10 pounds more? I bet sheer willpower and discipline will make you bench or squat more pounds than the fanciest protein shake.
You don’t need the latest UnderArmour or NorthFace outfits. For running or for yoga, you can use the same $10 T-Shirt.
You don’t need a GPS sports watch. Your phone is more than enough to track your training. And if you don’t have a smartphone, that’s ok too. Just enjoy the view and the exercise.
And nobody ever needs $200/mo Crossfit classes. Does it even make sense to pay that much to move big tires or ropes around?
I make a parallel with a previous statement : Healthy nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive.
It reveals an unhealthy relationship between money and our perception of value. We are trained to think that the more we pay, the better it will be. But this is not true for health.
More money does not mean healthier food.
More money does not mean better exercise.
It’s true that more money can help, but motivation and discipline trumps money.
Money will get you a bigger house, a fancier TV and a better smartphone BUT money won’t buy a healthier you!