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Your health is worth an investment

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

I have been so reluctant to buy gym memberships.

They just seem so expensive!

The gym I belonged to for years was about $90 for four months and included full pool, sauna and hot tub access. Plus, it was a small ladies only gym so it was empty 99% of the time. It was glorious and it was cheap.

Then I moved 10 hours away, and suddenly everyone wants a one year contract. And they want to charge "fee guarantees". They want you to sign your life away.

I was with a $10/month gym for awhile. The facilities were brand new, all new equipment but it was just so BUSY. It was hard to adjust for me, going from an empty gym to a basically full one.

So that membership ended, and we moved to a small village on the outskirts of town. Therefore, I take a different route to work and drive right by a different gym. This one looks smaller and more quiet... 24 hours access (not super important but nice to have) lots of (free) parking... on the edge of town where it's not so busy... OK let's check it out.

I pull up the website and... YIKES... that membership fee is much higher than I'm used to paying. I put it off, saying I can't afford it. If I want a gym membership so badly I'll spend $10 a month and drive the 30 minutes round-trip to my old gym.

Except I won't. And I know it.

Then a few days ago I read a quote, something along the lines of "your health is worth an investment", and it just clicked. Of course it is. Your body is the only place you have to live and if it's asking for $xx per month for rent, just pay it and do your best to keep it healthy.

So here I go on another adventure with a new gym.

Investing in my health!
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  • MSROZZIE
    Remember, YOU are worth the effort! I enjoyed reading your blog. emoticon emoticon
    2 hours ago
  • KITTYHAWK1949
    Hope the gym is the best one yet and you enjoy. I read something similar about the cost of fruit and veggie platters and have since started buying more cut up fruit/veggies at a cost that isn't that much more than a couple of bags of chips but once upon a time I'd pass up. We are worth it. I eat and enjoy so much more raw fruit and veggies now.
    6 hours ago
  • 97MONTY
    I would try free trials if you can find them, that way you could try them out to see if it works for you.
    6 hours ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    Good going!!
    8 hours ago
  • JAB2010
    Check out the smaller gym and see if they have a trail membership. If you are happy working out there, join. You are worth it!
    13 hours ago
  • SUPERWOMANSUE18

    This is so wise of you and am happy that it was a featured blog today otherwise I never would have read it, probably.

    I joined Weight Watchers online a couple of months ago. It's roughly $20 per month and I balked about the price a bit. But I ever easily can spend that same money on soda, you know? I just had to get my priorities straight and I'm glad to hear that so did you.

    Best wishes as you continue on your journey.
    13 hours ago
  • EMGERBER
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    15 hours ago
  • HEALTHYANDFIT27
    Enjoy the journey as you discover what works for you! emoticon emoticon
    16 hours ago
  • CHERYLHURT
    We only get one body...
    17 hours ago
  • MARKSMOM3
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    22 hours ago
  • ELSCO55
    Moss tt newer gyms near me don't have pools and I need water exercises.
    22 hours ago
  • MARYGOLD5
    I new gym opened about 20 minutes away. I visited and thought about joining, but I didn't like having to sign a one year contract, so I didn't join. Hope you like the new gym.
    1 day ago
  • IMREITE
    check for free trials. i had a 1 month program and i liked it
    1 day ago
  • RAMONA1954
    I joined Planet Fitness last month as a black card member. The gym is 20 miles from me. I love it. My son also joined before I did. While I’m recovering from a fall that severely bruised my sternum, ribs, collarbone and shoulder and knees, I’m enjoying the treadmill and a few other machines plus the hydro massage bed afterwards.
    1 day ago
  • NOLAHORSERIDER
    I have made our spare room into a computer, workout room and TV room. DH bought a new tv and I got the old 52 inch one. LOL Our health is so worth it. We need to strive for staying healthy no matter what!

    Keep you goals visible, your before and after pictures and be kind to yourself!

    SparkCheers,
    R>Nola
    1 day ago
  • THINCPL2004
    You are right your health is worth it. Plus an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure! I belong to Anytime Fitness, open 24/7 and it is rarely full. I am another person who enjoys a quiet and empty gym! For myself and my wife we only pay $59 a month. Is there one in your area? Goo luck! emoticon
    1 day ago
  • MARTHA324
    I had your same reaction for years and now I realize that investing in my health is more important. Lucky to find a nearby gym w/great features and monthly is $116 which is actually less than I was paying at another gym when I factored in the extra $ for yoga. Now all is included.

    Happy you made such a good decision for you.
    1 day ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    Absolutely
    1 day ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I am fortunate that my gym is five minutes away, so the location could not be more ideal. Recently, I had a trainer give me a free hour to explain how to use all the equipment so that I'm truly using most everything they have to offer. To my surprise and delight I learned that I loved using all these different pieces of equipment and cables with weights etc. that helped get the kinks out of my upper body and ease a chronic neck pain that I've had for so long!...:: like I said in my recent blog, it is my choice whether I want to spend my time and money on prevention of sickness or spend my time and money at the doctors offices and on costly prescriptions! No thanks, I choose the investment in my health and a reasonable monetary sacrifice. (It also has a pool and Jacuzzi and I love water aerobics and lap swimming to give me variety. ..:: I only use my equipment which is in aerodyne bicycle and Zumba DVDs and Spark TV when the roads don't permit in the cold of winter. Hope things work out well for you! emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
  • FIT2FINISH
    YOU are worth it.... sometime it is hard to see. Good decision - YOU go girl! emoticon
    1 day ago
  • GETULLY
    Interesting conundrum! Health is worth whatever we want to spend.
    1 day ago
  • HEALTHYKATY313
    Have you ever taken a quiz or considered your exercise or workout personality? I found I wasn't a gym personal after all and built a small gym with a ball, bands, and weights from home. I also do workout videos! But, most of what I do is walking and hiking outdoors, alone! Many years I paid for gym memberships and when I did the home gym set up, I was more consistent. I'm actually working out in a small apartment studio. Just a suggestion something to think about! Thanks for sharing...gym fees can be quite expensive, I'm sure you will figure it out. Wishing you all the best in health! You got this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2018 11:32:20 AM
  • JUNETTA2002
    You are worth what every you pay.
    1 day ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    Well said. Years ago when I lived in a rural community, I purchased workout equipment including weights, a treadmill and Airdyne bike. There was only one gym and membership fees were expensive. Today, I live in a suburb of a large city where membership is only $10 per month. BYW, I still have the Airdyne bike. They are virtually indestructible .
    1 day ago
  • SYNCHRODAD
    "Cheap" and "excellent" rarely go together. Add "lightly attended" in the case of a gym membership, and it seems impossible. You might have to pay more, but your health is worth it.
    1 day ago
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Agreed
    1 day ago
  • SMORSEBVR
    I won't exercise on my own but at the Y I will do the group classes
    1 day ago
  • PAMBROWN62
    I am not a gym person. I don’t know how many times I have paid and never attended. So I stopped pretending that the next time would ven’different’.

    I found exercise, strength and cardio programs and things online that I am willing to do, and WILL do. I have a 7 day a week program that works for me because, yes, I am worth it.

    My philosophy is, “find what works for you, and do that.” I wish you continued success on your journey.
    1 day ago
  • PELESJEWEL
    You nailed it, it you have to drive 30 minutes, you probably won't go. The studio I attend is 5 minutes away and I go every day. It makes a big difference. It's super expensive, but I pay it because it is my investment in me and my body has changed dramatically.
    2 days ago
  • ARMY_MOM17
    ...our health is worth an investment.. being a member of Spark has given us options..at any point the gym membership fees become a problem, invest in Spark Premium.. you will be presently surprised...
    2 days ago
  • JOANN25
    You are so right. Our health is worth whatever we have to spend. It's a great investment on your future.

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    2 days ago
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