I recently saw an article that shared the per workout cost of 10 average Americans. The cost ranged from $18 per workout at the high end down to $0.06 per workout. The person at six cents was doing yoga at home using free on-line workouts and she walked every day. Most people were spending in the $2 — $5 per workout range because they needed or liked motivational classes, spiffy workout clothes/shoes and/or equipment. The article wasn’t suggesting that there was a certain correct level, just raising awareness of the cost versus benefit of different approaches to exercise. This made me think about the 2015 report by the U.S. Surgeon General where she explains that “Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build up physical activity in your life.” This made me wonder if I could calculate a cost per walk for our Physical Fitness Task Force (PFTF) walks, hikes and runs.

This article is for those of you who find numbers interesting. We promise our next month’s article will be for the people who like words that inspire, paint pictures or tell stories. But as one wise person once told me “No money, no mission”, so here is the back story of how the PFTF does so much with so little.

Betsy Meyer is a member of the Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County.

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