I am in a serious fitness funk. Long gone are the days when I would run 10 miles in a weekend… in fact it has been two weeks since I did anything and that was a pathetic two-mile walk/run. Because of this funk (combined with careless eating), it is no surprise that I’ve gained 7 pounds in one month. At the rate I’m going, I could easily be 40 pounds heavier by the end of the year. No thank you!
So today I vow to end this bad habit before it gets out of hand. Or at least more out of hand.
My fitness options are then to
a) workout outside,
b) join a gym, or
c) buy a video and workout in my living room.
I’ve never been a fan of at-home workouts. I get bored of the videos after three viewings, plus my downstairs neighbor wouldn’t appreciate my heavy self pounding on the floor. My neighborhood is lovely to ride my bike and run through, but it is so hot outside that even in the early morning it leaves me in a sweaty mess.
So that leaves me left with the gym.
I have mixed feelings about joining a gym. I really don’t want to have another $30-40 a month taken out of my already small paycheck, yet it is an investment in my health and wellbeing. However, I can always suck it up and run outside. But I get the best workouts through group fitness classes, so the gym would give me the best results.
This week I plan to shop around for the best gym deals. And in the meantime start eating right and exercising outside when I can!
What are your thoughts on joining the gym? Do you view it as a guaranteed, non-negotiable item in your budget? Or is it a luxury you forgo to save money?