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Learn to Love Going to the Gym

No More Excuses!

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  • #2 is reason enough for me to keep up my membership. I'm never sidelined by the weather. I've had a continuous membership at various gyms since 1972. - 2/10/2016 6:41:41 AM
  • I certainly don't love going to the gym anymore than I love cleaning my house. But I do like the results. Of course, after I've finished cleaning I can immediately see the results. You don't see that going to the gym until after at least 6 months. I am not a patient person. - 1/5/2016 11:03:33 AM
  • I was never athletic growing up, but when my doctor mentioned diabetes, I got serious. Ijoined our local YMCA and pay by the month. I started going after work but that got tough. I work outside and when winter hit I was too tired and hungry. So I switched to you g before work and realized how much more awake i felt and how nice it was to know I was getting it in and over with lol. I had my headphones andpickedupbeatmusic and would walk on the treadmill to the beat of the song. I have since ditched the headphones for conversations with others who can give me suggestions or justentertainment. I also have a zumba dvd that I can do when I have the house to myself. It's fun.and doesn't feel like exercise. I have my setbacks but I find I enjoy working out in the morning and that its the easiest part of the whole getting healthy thing. Good luck to all and remember "try it you might like it" - 11/12/2015 7:22:18 PM
  • I'd love to go to the gym. I love weights. But, I don't like the idea of having to sign my soul away. Perhaps if these places let you pay-as-you-go. - 9/5/2015 12:09:09 PM
  • BMARCOS4
    I love going to the gym, however it wasn't always this way. It took me several months of maintaining my routine to get into this habit. It isn't as much about loving the actual workout as it is loving how I feel afterward and look.

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    -offering/going t - 12/4/2014 3:15:17 PM
  • EMERALDISLES
    I enjoy having the variety of the gym. I can swim laps, do water jogging, take different aqua fitness classes, do other cardio and strength classes, can do weights and plenty of cardio machines. I love exercising outdoors as well( running, walking, hiking, rollerblading, etc). Variety is good. I also like jumping rope and using workout dvds. - 11/18/2014 11:32:33 PM
  • I just saw that someone referred to a gym being filled with "triathlete types." What does that mean? I am not slender - I'm 5'6" and I weigh 175 pounds. I doubt people looking at me would guess I'm an athlete. There are plenty of people who do triathlons who are do not have single-digit body fat percentages. - 11/12/2014 8:05:40 PM
  • Thanks for this article!

    I never saw much of a reason to pay a gym membership - I really prefer exercising outdoors. But I switched to triathlon, and I needed access to a pool. I've been a member a little over a year, and I believe it's worth it.

    While I cannot walk to my gym, it's about mid-way between my home and office. Even better, it's across the street from a courthouse where most of my hearings are. I can get in a short swim at lunch, or a long swim prior to my docket once a week. And when I'm commuting by bike, I can ride to the gym, do my strength training, and then ride home.

    I'm consistently pleased by the niceness of the people at the gym. We have all body types and fitness levels. I've never seen any fat-shaming or sideways glances. The employees are always polite and encouraging. And the spin classes - something I thought I'd never do - made me a better cyclist.

    It's pricey, but I love my gym! - 11/12/2014 8:00:36 PM
  • MICHELLE40505
    I joined Planet Fitness last week, and it seems a lot less stressful than 24hr Fitness. Though not sure if i'll be motivated enough to get results. Any suggestion? - 9/4/2014 12:41:41 PM
  • 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! - 5/14/2014 8:22:09 PM
  • I miss my gym! Not able to go as have to stay with DH and grandkids.

    I use my treadmill, wii, dance tapes and spark tapes to get workout in.

    - 3/6/2014 7:19:37 PM
  • 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 :-) - 2/11/2014 11:29:23 AM
  • 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! - 12/28/2013 11:00:40 AM
  • 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! - 12/28/2013 10:57:01 AM
  • 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. - 10/5/2013 8:28:23 AM

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