So, I’m toying with the idea of canceling my gym membership.
You’ll learn pretty quickly that my fickleness towards the gym is a constant in my life. One minute, I’m waxing poetically about how much I love gym culture. And then the next, I’m skipping out on the gym for weeks at a time in order to run outside or do a dance class.
Having a gym membership is a nice option. Albeit an expensive one. We pay almost $50 a month for our gym membership at a gym we love. But I’ve found myself only going to the gym about once a week in the past few months. And only because I say, “Oh, we are paying for that, I should really go to the gym.”
It’s not that I’m not exercising—I am. We have an elliptical and recumbent bike in our apartment, plus a lot of assorted free weights. I’ve been running and walking outside a ton, and that will only increase as spring draws near. Plus the ever fun Wii games and fitness DVDs. Summer brings hikes and swimming, too. I really like the idea of an “active lifestyle” as opposed to going to the gym for the entire purpose of burning calories.
My big concern is weather and training for races and not having an indoor track to do it on. I’ve been told by my doctor to not run outside when it is below freezing due to a lung condition (although I’m starting to test that limit). Also, I am way, way, way, intolerable of heat. Not that I plan on training for any races in August. I guess I could always buy a $4 day pass for the days when I MUST run on the track.
I’ll admit though, there is something special and motivating about going to the gym. Everyone is there on the same mission. It is a chance to turn off the rest of life and really get down to business. I’m just not sure that is worth $600 a year, especially considering my #1 2011 goal.