When I first got involved with fitness, I tried to determine how I could get my gym fees covered one way or the other. I have always enjoyed deals where I could get something for nothing. Opportunities like that, however, don’t happen often.

In my first year, I wrote, “How to cheat at aerobics.” Within a week I sold it for $75 to a magazine called BC Woman-To-Woman. I republished it here:  https://mikebroderick.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/how-to-cheat-at-aerobics/

I, of course, had to claim that rogue $75 on my income tax that year, but I also had to claim an expense because everyone knows that it takes money to make money. Therefore, I claimed my gym membership as a research expense.

That took care of my first year, but I wanted to set something up to claim my costs for  the next year and for subsequent years, so I learned how to be an fitness instructor. This allowed me to work out for free, bet paid, and to treat my propensity to act like a neurotic introvert.

But there is more to it than that. It’s one thing to be able to get a write off for writing stories or teaching fitness. Now the idea of fitness at the taxpayer’s expense  has become in vogue once again. This week I learned in the Vancouver Sun that doctors are now allowed to write prescriptions for fitness.

Bully for us. Now we can lower the national health care costs by introducing the world through fitness while writing it off as a medical expense on our taxes. It will be a win-win situation. It will lower the costs of health care as patients will spend less time being sick. Secondly, people will experience all the benefits  of fitness  without the need to take out a second mortgage.

The next step will be to have health benefits plans pay for memberships outright as an incentive for everyone to get fit.  Health plan insurers will also want to see everyone reach the age of retirement  without having to pay large pharmaceutical an/or medical bills to get them there.

There is only one thing to do. We have to let the doctors know that program is there. They already know the benefits of fitness, but they need to be dissuaded from prescribing brisk walks. They ned to prescribe the expensive stuff like weightlifting. They also need to learn the benefits of group fitness. They need to roll their patients off the couch and into a an aerobics class where misery loves company.

In short, the doc needs a form.

In the interests of helping doctors make their clients healthier, here is a sample prescription form:


Patient __________________________

___ Patient will engage in rigorous cardiovascular fitness activities 2 to 6 hours per week in                                 group exercise

____Patient will prevent conditions like osteoporosis through a personal weightlifting program 2 to 6 hours per week


Signed ________________________________________

That should do it. When you chose your fitness classes, come to one that I teach.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.





  1. energywriter Says:

    Clever! Sent from my NOOK

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