Here's the definition of "luxury" according to Merriam-Webster: 

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 Using dryer sheets is a luxury. 

Working out is not a luxury. 

Margaritas are a luxury.

Eating healthy is not a luxury. 

Do you get it?


Here's the thing: a lot of us think that joining a gym (and actually going), taking a walk, or even busting out that dusty set of at-home dumbbells is a luxury— something that "adds to" but is "not completely necessary."

It's something we might do if we had time.

I hear so many people say, “I just don’t have time for that!” in reference to creating an exercise routine, but have you ever heard anyone say the same in reference to sleeping? or binge-watching a new series?

There’s also a large majority of us claiming we can’t afford to eat healthy, and it’s true that eating fresh, clean foods can cost more than eating frozen, processed foods. BUT— can you afford the alternative? Can you afford to get sick? Can you afford to miss out on a mobile, healthy future?

It’s not a luxury, folks.

It’s not something you do “when you have time” or “when you can afford it.” It’s something you prioritize just like you prioritize hanging out with friends. It’s something you make time for, just like scrolling mindlessly on social media or watching one more episode, one more hour, reading one more article. It’s something you choose to spend money on because you literally can’t afford not to.

OUR HEALTH IS NOT A LUXURY, and on the heel’s of week’s post (“4 Tips to Making Exercise A Priority,”) the longer we view it as a luxury-- as something not necessary-- the longer it will continue to remain at the bottom of our to-do lists. 

It’s not a luxury.

Make it matter, because it does.

It has to.