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!
I never thought I would enjoy going to the gym but once I realized that I needed to take care of myself to avoid illnesses I learned to enjoy the gym. I've made many new friends because it is now a positive instead of a negative. I'm adding years on to my life.
3/25/2011 9:28:38 AM
I don't care to join a gym but recently joined a (free!) 5K training program. It's just for women and it's been so encouraging and FUN! I am looking to continue a similar program after the race is done. This is saying a lot since I really don't love running. :)
I'm thinking about joining the new gym in my neighborhood. I never thought of myself as the gym type, but it's so convenient and affordable, and would really help me with my fitness goals. This article is pushing me towards taking the plunge and joining.
This is a REALLY well written article! I especially appreciate your ability to voice what so many people "fear" and to bring solutions and celebrate the improvements that come with regular exercise. GREAT JOB and CONGRATULATIONS!
1. The gym had mixed results for me. 2. I felt at home at the gym, but there were a lot of triathlete types and a lot of far younger people with much energy to burn ... made me tired just looking at them. 3. I found I liked yoga a little too much for a gym environment (can't afford many classes, nor to go to both studio and gym, nor to multiple studios), but it is ironic that I loved the "hands off" approach to yoga adjustments characterized by the gym, and more times than not, miss it. ~~~~~~ Any vinyasa yoga instructors reading this: please don't sneak up on us 'gym rats in disguise. ' If we do a posture not to your liking, we are not committing a crime in a parked car in the darkness, and do NOT appreciate the sneaky "policeman approach" ....
I agree with the reasons given in this article, except for the first one. I have found that most folks are either oblivious or apathetic to others around them in the gy, Most just want to get in, work out, and get out without any interaction with other human beings.
3/25/2010 10:23:23 AM
Indeed there are many benefits to gym membership...however, in these difficult economic times, there are many folks who are stretching the dollars to pay rent and utilities. Being dedicated to the rewards of fitness, one can exercise with a neighbor and enjoy friendship! My neighbor and I walk daily (even in rain)...and we keep one another motivated. SO. . .if the expense of a gym is not in your budget, then try to find a buddy for exercise. We all know that good nutrition and exercise are key to good health, so staying committed to this goal makes perfect sense.
Appreciate your article on loving the gym. I have tried more than once to stay committed to getting in the car and driving to the gym over the years. For me, working out at home, going outside, mixing up my routine, taking a fitness class ever so often works best for my accountability. I am impressed with all of you gym folks!
I like going to the gym and try to go about 5 -6 days a week but if I don't make it I will try to do an in home exercise tape. Also clening the house helps when one doesn't have the time to get over to the gym. I also like to walk along the river.
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