My preference is definitely to get outside. But if the weather is just too bad to do that, I go to the gym. I also go to the gym for my strength training because I would never do it on my own - so I go to a class twice a week, and for step aerobics, simply because I love it!
Right now I am not apart of a gym because I am on a budget and will be moving soon. But I did learn in the past it has to be close to home. I know I am too lazy to go out of my way. I also learned that it has to be fun to me and not feel like a work out. I liked the tips given here. I would also like to add for the sake of my mom. She needs a buddy. She meets up with a friend to work out with 2-3 days a week. With this buddy she is more likely to go to the gym :-)
I love working out outside too, but in Chicago, one must have another alternative on days like this when it is 37 deg below freezing. And then there are super rainy days and summer days occasionally in the high 90s or even 100+ deg F. Consistency is key!
AMEN! I love the gym! I have been going to a good one less than 2 miles away for 13+ yrs. It is my main form of entertainment and I love the variety: swimming, yoga, pilates (mat and machine-based options), weights, Kinesis, PowerPlex, every cardio machine, dance classes, aerobics, massage, martial arts, boxing, tennis, track, kettlebells, etc.! It is worth every penny. People who can't "afford" such a nice gym frequently have cable-internet packages that cost nearly as much, or large budgets for fast food and restaurants, so it is really about priorities. We are not rich, but the gym is a priority!
I gym in walking distance! I have to get in the car and drive to get to any. I still find, after 5 years, that exercise is not fun for me. I do some because I must. Most days I don't. I do Curves when I can but as I said it is a drive and winter weather can curtail the session. Sometimes when I see the comments I envy you who love it. I don't even like walking.
#9 is the best part! Me and the kids can go together, they get to run and play with kids their age and I get to work out and be around adults!!then when I'm done I just pick them up. We're all in the sane building!
A big advantage of the gym for me was the social enrichment aspect. I remember the first time I ever ran three miles on the treadmill years ago. A woman who had been there and seen me work out for several weeks happened to pass by while I was completing this big milestone, and noted the stats. After I was done, she was waiting for me. She gave me a big high-five and a hearty congratulations. It really added a little extra something to the achievement!
8/28/2013 9:09:56 AM
You've inspired me to go back to they gym after a long hiatus. Thank you.
I like the gym and have belonged to one from time to time. In fact, I am probably going to join the fitness center at work (again). But I am there to work out, not socialize and when people start getting too chummy at the gym, I quit going.
I really don't like the gym that much. I am not a social person. I find that it is always the sweaty, smelly person who wants to take the treadmill right next to me when there are 20 open ones. And I had to change the time I went because there was this guy there that just irked me to no end and the thought of even seeing him there was getting on my nerves.
I take a variety of classes at the gym to keep it interesting. The machines (treadmill, bike, elliptical) are there for back-up in case I don't make it to a class I like. This strategy has definitely kept me more interested in going than my previous gym memberships (and I've had quite a few). :)
I love going to the gym! After going to Spin classes for 2 years I took it to the next level and became a Spin Instructor! I am in my late 40's so initially I was intimidated. I have learned age doesn't define us. I didn't join the gym for socialization but I have discovered it was a nice place to network and talk to people other than those I work with. I am inspired when I see older folks working out. It's exciting to see people transform their lives whatever size they are!
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