Wednesday, February 9, 2011

why I don't go to the gym

There are times that I lament not having a gym membership.  Sometimes the convenience of hitting the gym is alluring.  That having the gym as an option would mean more exercise, varied activities, classes etc.  But, it's just not in our budget.  And I have trouble justifying the expense since running truly is my exercise of choice and in Southern California there are very few days you can't run.

At the end of last year, I was super excited to win a 3-month membership to 24-Hour Fitness via a Dr. Oz giveaway.  They went super fast and I just got lucky hitting the website and entering my info at the right time.  I went back to get one for Bean and they were gone.

One of the stipulations of the free membership was that it was for one location only.  In December I decided to activate the membership and I chose a location near my work.  It seemed like a great idea.  Exercise during my lunch.  Hit the gym after work.  Lots of options right?

I think I've been three times.  In almost two months.

I'm just not cut out for a gym membership at this point in my life.  No two days are the same.  I have pretty specific times of day I can exercise, and it is different every day, every week.  And when kids get sick.  When schedules change.  All plans are thrown out.

I would love to do weight training, use an elliptical, go to spin class.  But there's plenty of time for that later in life.

I'm so thankful to have a treadmill in my garage.  A free, hand me down, old treadmill--but it works awesome!!  That is what has really saved me.  I'm just not comfortable heading out in the dark of the morning and 5:30-6am is the best start time for my runs.  There isn't a TV to watch.  I do like that I can see the sun rise in the distance as I run.  I watch the sky fade from dark gray to pink to light.  I listen to my music, or an audio book.  I'm just starting to find some podcasts to download.

I have another month left of my free membership.  Someone from the gym called me yesterday to see if I wanted to re-schedule my free analysis with a trainer (I forgot and missed the first one).  But I had to say, I just don't know.  I'll call when I have the time.

We'll see if it happens.


  1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't commit to a gym nowadays! Where we live just getting to the gym is too much work...1/2 hour commute just to get there and another 1/2 to get home...I can't waste an hour of my already busy day! I miss the classes that I used to be able to attend, but I am thankful that I have a treadmill in my garage too!

  2. Thanks for finding me! I am with you on the gym membership - not in the budget, not in the schedule. Thank heavens for discounted/free treadmills! I looked at your other blog too... i think we might be ergo buddies. or at least baby-wearing buds!

  3. Love babywearing! Hanging on as long as I can w/ my 2yr old! She still loves to be worn when she is sick or if we are out all day and she needs to nap.