It’s that time of year when we seem to uber focus on our workout regimes (or lack thereof). New Year’s can be a fresh start for some of us when we need it the most. Resolution lists are created and usually at the top of the list is to get in shape or sign up for the gym. But what a lot of us don’t know is that there is a spike in memberships in December and January and eventually 67% of gym goers STOP using their membership. This is how gyms make their money. (Think about it…6,000 members but yet can only hold 300 at a given time).
I’m certainly not knocking the hustle of those who attend gyms. I would if I could afford it. The atmosphere of working out around others can certainly be motivating and there is also, what seems to be, an endless amount of equipment that we wouldn’t get anywhere else. But, there are downfalls to joining gyms and they can often be stifling. January seems like the perfect time to sign up because of the discounted rates but here are some reasons to avoid rushing to the gym just yet to sign on the dotted line that will have you financially bound for six months or even a year…we have alternatives for you!
1. The freedom!
Make all the ugly faces you want. Grunt as loud as you want. Your home is your personal sanctuary…you don’t even need to work out a fart that slips out when you’re doing your sit ups.
2. You don’t have to care about how you look
This is true, however, I think it’s still important that you do. I’ve always found that putting on a cute workout outfit and throwing my hair into a cute ponytail or bun always makes me feel better and way more confident. When you look good, it increases motivation and boosts your confidence.
You don’t need to get into a car, look for parking or get deterred from getting to a gym because of the weather. All you have to do is roll out of bed or get yourself up off the couch. There’s nothing more convenient than getting your butt kicked by a “personal trainer” in the confines of your own home. It saves time…and time is money.
4. Leering men
Can’t avoid them. But we can avoid them at the gym if we never go!
5. Gym class schedules dictate your schedule
Hate that the class you want to go to is an hour before you get out of work or two hours after? Well, put your favorite class video on your tv anytime you want. No more dictating your schedule because of someone else.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m a germaphobe. I wash my hands every chance I can get. The thought of working out on a machine that someone just sweat all over and walked away without using the high potent disinfecting spray, makes me cringe. It’s unavoidable at the gym. Workout in the comfort of your own germs, at home.
The moment you walk outside your door for a run or walk? It’s free. The unlimited amount of YouTube videos that will whip you into shape or get your zen on? It’s free. There’s not line to sign on that will bind your bank account to an automatic debit for the next six months to a year…whether you go or not. Not having the money to live your best life can’t be used as an excuse anymore.
Instead of adding “sign up to the gym” as the first thing on your resolutions list, you should add “stop making excuses” in it’s place. Commit to a regular at-home workout routine. Do it when it’s convenient. And don’t put so much pressure on yourself to workout everyday. Shoot to do 2-3 times a week. If you’re not a runner, go outside and walk! There are tons of video to watch on YouTube…everything from Yoga to strength training, to cardio to dance. And remember, let’s shift the way we think about working out. Find something you enjoy, get motivated and live a healthier life!