The short answer is no. However, many people seem to think they need to buy a new expensive pair of brand sneakers before they can start their latest attempt at getting in shape.
This is indicative of a fitness industry that is all about milking people for their hard-earned cash, selling them a million different things that will help them get healthier and live a more active lifestyle. However, you don’t really need to spend any money on these items to live and feel healthier.
Health comes from diet and exercise, as well as mental wellbeing. All you really need is a pair of sneakers that will make it comfortable for you to jog around the block – the rest are choices you make at the grocery store.
Fitness is just as much a fashion statement as it is a goal that people want to achieve. Since physical fitness is often associated with sex appeal, there are plenty of young people who buy into brand marketing tells them they will be more appealing when working out in these clothes.
Millions of women buy expensive brand fitness wear just to wear when they walk around, hardly breaking a sweat. These clothes are about the fashion statement associated with being perceived as living an active lifestyle.
If you really want sneakers and tights, you can find very cheap versions that offer the same utility as the major brands. People want to be ‘seen’ wearing these major brands, so they achieve the fantasy they are being sold, rather than actually doing anything practical for their fitness.
You can save a lot of money on your fitness journey when you sit down and think about what products are really necessary for you to get the results you desire.