I used to always want to join a gym. I had this fantasy of waking up on Saturday mornings, putting on my matching workout clothes, pack a gym bag with a towel, headset and protein bar and head off to the gym where I would run on the treadmill or elliptical, lift some weights, looking awesome doing all this of course and at the end of my workout head to the nearest Panera Bread for breakfast. Well, this fantasy never became a reality because when I did walk into a gym with the intention of getting a membership, I looked around at who would be my “workout buddies”, and I felt so intimidated that I walked right out. Now, this was no fault of my fantasy “workout buddies”, all they were doing was getting their workout in. This was completely me being so self-conscious and insecure that I knew there was no way I would be comfortable there.
This was way back in the day when I had plenty of time to go to a gym had I gotten over my insecurities about going in the first place. Now, I am much more confident than I was back then and I think I would totally kick butt at a gym but as life would have it, there is no way I could make the time to go to a gym and if I did join, I would totally be throwing money down the drain every month.
I think that there are two types of people (I seem to have two types of people for everything, I know). On one hand you have the people that join a gym and get their moneys worth from their membership. They go everyday, sometimes twice or more and they make good use of everything a gym has to offer. Then, we have the second set of people who join a gym because they think that’s the thing to do when deciding on a path toward fitness and they feel that joining a gym would motivate them to workout more. They feel that because the membership fee is being deducted from their accounts each week or month, this would compel them to go.These set of people have every intention, at the time, to be faithful gym-goers but alas, this only lasts maybe three months at the most and eventually the monthly gym membership fee being deducted from their bank accounts becomes nothing more than a contribution to the gym treadmill fund.
I discovered that joining a gym will not work for me due to the time factor so I found an alternative in workout videos that I can do from the comfort of my home while doing laundry or early in the morning like I do now or even, when he was an infant, with my son’s baby chair parked right beside me as I suffer through push-up after push-up. For me, this further ensured that I had no reason not to workout because no matter how late I came home from work or whether I had a babysitter or not all I had to do was pop the video into the DVD player and do what I needed to do for thirty minutes.
I wish I could workout at a gym and I would like to believe that if I did, I would be one of those people that becomes a faithful gym-goer but unfortunately at this time, I cannot fit it into my schedule. Think about your life, your schedule and everything you have going on and decide from there if joining a gym will easily fit into your lifestyle. Will you be able to go after work or before work or do like one of my co-workers and go during lunch? If the answer to that question is yes, then go for it. But if your schedule is jam packed right now and you barely have time to eat dinner let alone drive to the gym, then this may not be for you.
Joining a gym always sounds good in theory and we imagine ourselves heading over there faithfully everyday but unless your commitment to the gym exceeds your propensity for setting your gym goals aside when life gets in the way, you are for sure setting yourself up for failure. It is too easy to use the weather or car trouble or not having a babysitter as a reason not to go to the gym when the real reason is you just don’t feel like going but if your workout plan is one that you cannot excuse yourself out of, you are more likely to accomplish your goals.
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