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Gym membership ($) vs. Home (Free!) vs. Combo Approach??

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

After falling off the wagon hard last month, I am re-evaluating my habits and debating on whether or not to join a gym or to try to get motivated to work out at home. I have the tools I need at home to get in a good workout, it¡¦s just a matter of motivation, especially since the only time I would be able to workout at home is after I put my son to bed after 8 pm. Which I know is pretty late and usually stay pretty wired up after that. It would be better in the a.m. but as of yet I have never been able to successfully get up at 5 a.m. to workout ƒ¼

I¡¦ve gone to the gym in the past when I didn¡¦t have a child and of course it was easier then because I could just go whenever I wanted. I didn¡¦t need to schedule everything out like I do nowadays. Not that I¡¦m complaining because the scheduling actually makes life better in some respects. However, as of right now I know that I would only be able to use the gym on Sundays, Tuesday and Thursday nights, which are the days my sons father is with him. So it could be good because I would know that I HAVE to go on those days and it would be harder to make excuses not to go because I would only have those days/times.

Finally, I was thinking of a combo approach, some workouts at home, the 3 days a week at the gym (where I could do more serious weight training) and there is also a small gym at my work (but I only have 25 minutes for lunch break to workout and no shower time ƒ¼).

I would welcome any ideas or opinions from anyone on this ~ Thanks for reading!
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I see you have a similar landscape in your page background. emoticon

    Have you figured out a rhythm that works for you? I totally understand where you're coming from, since I was a single mom for years (& didn't live close to my ex so there was no regular time away from my little ones). I was also on a really tight budget. What finally worked for me was getting up early for a fast walk in the neighborhood or on the treadmill at home, before getting ready to go to work.
    3523 days ago
    a tight schedule for exercising is important. it should be like brushing your teeth or any other daily activity. most large gyms have child care. we have it at golds gym where I am a member and mothers come in and drop their kids in a play area where they are monitored by staff. For me to lose weight or to get in shape is a job and the results depend on the seriousness of the effort. if your day is too crowded, you need to get rid of some things that don't add to you quality of life. for instance, I don't watch much tv during the week I tape or tivothe programs I want to see and watch them on the weekend. good luck and I hope this helped a little emoticon
    3579 days ago
    Well I have been very successful with the combo approach. I really need the time at the gym. Especially for the weights. I do however workout a couple days at home when I am motivated. I have found for me the gym is very important because it makes me more accountable for my workouts. People notice if I don't show up and this is incredibly motivating to get there. I hope you find what works for you.

    3579 days ago
    could you work out at work before or after work with a colleague/friend? I did that for a while going in at 630 or 7 with my friend and working out there - a lot of the times they have showers there too for when you're done and it has tthe added benefit of being free. My one problem with gyms is that I start out going but then slowly drop off,so that it turns out I wasted all that money you know ? But you could be totally different from me so then go right ahead with the gym because it definitely sounds like a good plan. Any way you do it I hope it all works out well for you :)
    3579 days ago
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