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Gyms or Not.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I talked to the health insurance company yesterday. If I go to the YMCA 12 a month, the insurance company will pay me $20 a month. If I go to Curves, they will pay me $20 plus some. They didn't say how much more. What are your thoughts?

While at Goodwill looking for denim curtains, I found some workout tapes. I could just do those and save the money all the way around.

I'm wondering if I do a "gym", if it would help me to get this done. Curves is right around the corner from my MIL which I'm having to pick up and take to PT 3 times a week anyway. The Y has a pool, yoga, stuff, and classes for the kids.

All thoughts welcome.

As for the shoulder holding me back, I say no. I'll do what I can even if it is in a sling. Which it isn't....yet.
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    yes see what makes sense for you. We belong to the Y. I don't go often dh does more and he is really committed to doing it this time.

    would it help you, what other benefits
    would you get from it. There are lots of good things for kids there.

    1924 days ago
    The Y has tons more features than Curves but which is easier to fit into your life? Sounds like the one that's on the way but then again it's hard to beat a home workout. emoticon
    1925 days ago
    I have had both YMCA and gym memberships in the past. Now that I live out in the middle of nowhere neither is an option. I will say that if you find a class that you enjoy, having the other people around you in class WILL help motivate you and help keep you accountable for coming back. I found having the assistance of a trainer or someone to check on you and your progress is very helpful, because it prevents the "i don't want to" factor from creeping in. Money is also a good motivator. If you've paid money for something, you're more likely to put it to use instead of something you aren't feeling an investment in.

    I'm not personally a fan of Curves but thats my own thing. I like having more variety and the flexibility to do what I like or change things around, so the Y worked well for me when I could go.

    Either way, good luck!
    1925 days ago
    I vote for the Gym! Don't have much time to write all the reasons why, (taking care of Mom), but I think others here have pretty much covered most of what I would write anyway.
    The gym offers a whole lot more, it seems, but see what floats your boat. One thing to keep in mind, however, at the gym you might get some really good advice about how NOT to hurt your shoulder while exercising, whereas in the Curves Circuit you may just be another spoke in the wheel, so to speak.

    Let us know which one you deicde on ..... OR .........if you decide to work out at home, which, of course, is also a great option IF you can really stick to it - Something that can be a bit tough at times without the kind of support you get at a gym.
    All The Best! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1927 days ago
    With the shoulder in mind I would go for the pool. There are tons of workouts you can do, and the water supports limbs that are injured.
    1927 days ago
    Have you ever been a member of a gym before?

    Have you looked into your local gym? Available classes, pool, rates? It could be that even the $20/month doesn't make it worth it BUT would that $20 refund light a fire under your bum to make sure you go those three times a week?

    I've taken myriad fitness classes through gyms, community centres, my college. The ones I liked best were short term fitness classes through the community centres. No membership, class only lasts a few months and you only pay for those few months worth of classes. If you still enjoy the class at the end of it, sign up for the next one. If not, try something new!

    I also at one point was a member of a circuit gym - similar to Curves. Maybe it's just my short attention span, but I got tired of the circuit fairly quickly. I really enjoyed it for about three months, spent about three months forcing myself to go, and then spent the next six months trying to convince myself to go back, while still paying for my membership.

    A traditional gym could be a good compromise? You could create your own circuit, if you like having a go to routine, or use the classes that they put on.

    Another question for your insurance provider: Are there any more restrictions on that than just that you have to go 12 times/month? Are you required to stay with a specified gym for a certain amount of time? If you change gyms, what information do they need? Is notice required?

    Anyway, just my thoughts...
    1927 days ago
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    How much does that $20 offset the gym fees?

    Frankly I got bored of the gym quickly, I far prefer getting outside (the pollution is bad here though now I moved) and swimming.
    1927 days ago
    I've done both, home and gym membership and what I know is that neither one matters unless you make it a priority to do it. When I started walking before I broke my leg, I said I was going to get up at a certain time and walk...all else had to come second to my walk. I made plans around my walking schedule. I walked when I didn't feel well. I walked in the rain. Holidays. Didn't matter. So, you can go out or stay home, but you have to make it a priority to go and do it. The Y is great because it does have a lot of options...extra classes that cost a little extra, but worth it. My big thing is germs. The older I get the more I notice...and the more I decide to work out at home. emoticon
    1927 days ago
    I opt for the gym and I go straight from work to the gym, don't pass go, don't collect $200. I have a full weight machine, a treadmill, pilates equipment, a bicycle, and a million videos at home and yet I still shell out the money for a complete package at the gym. Why? Because once I get home in the evenings life happens - shuttling kids, making dinner, cleaning house, TV is on, husband stuff, blah, blah, blah. And my personally choice between the two you mention is the Y because I think you would get more diverse workouts and greater variety of activies (I say never being to either).

    Your mileage may vary. In the end, it is whatever gets you going. What motivates you? What do you enjoy?
    1927 days ago
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