I finally bit the bullet and joined the local gym.
This may not seem like a big deal except that I despise gyms!
So, why does someone who dislikes gyms so intensely join one?
Well, here’s the rub . . .
I kept trying to workout at home and found myself being thwarted over and over and over again.
I began to feel cranky, depressed, tired, and fat.
Here are the challenges I have faced when trying to workout at home:
- Our home is very small, so it’s hard to exercise without waking up half the house (namely a certain two year old).
- A certain two year old thinks I am a great bridge to climb over or crawl under whenever I try to do any type of floor work.
- I don’t feel safe enough in our area to go for a run in the early morning alone.
- If I try to exercise at a time of day when everyone is awake, there are many interruptions. And not just from my family, there are other people and things that seem to pop up right when I tie up my sneakers.
- When I’m home I see the dishes that need to be done or the crumbs that need to be swept. It makes me a little anxious if I’m trying to do a workout that is longer than 20 minutes.
Some of these things I can work with, but some of are pretty difficult to change.
I’ve tried to find solutions, and they may come in time (read: when the 2 year old is a little older), but for now, I am a little tired of pushing against and climbing around these hurdles.
So, I joined the gym.
Did I tell you I don’t like gyms?
OK. So, why don’t I like gyms:
- I have to exercise in front of people
- It can be crowded
- People jump on the equipment I’m about to use right when I am going to use it (not always, just sometimes)
- I have to drive there
- It costs money!
- It costs lots of money!
- I have to get up extra early to get there and back before my husband goes to work.
- Lots of sweaty people touch the equipment I’m using (but my sweat is not a problem. ha!)
I kept talking around and around about the gym and finally decided to try it out. I mean, how will I know if I never try?
I am now at the beginning of my fourth week.
I still don’t really like it, but I do like getting my exercise in.
This morning was a particularly terrible morning and I found all the stuff I wanted to use was already working for someone else. My training session seemed to take forever and I lamented the fact that I could do all this at home a lot quicker. If only I could.
Logistically, if I want to work out at home in the early morning, I have to do it in my bedroom, while my husband is still asleep! He says he doesn’t care, but I find myself trying to be quiet and not putting in all the effort.
I’m not yet convinced that I will stay at the gym.
I was fortunate to find a place that lets me pay month to month. So, I can end at any time.
Things I do like so far:
- It’s pretty cool to have my workout done and dusted before breakfast!
- A few ladies from church also joined the gym and we have attended a class together. That was quite hilarious and a lot of fun.
- There are a few pieces of equipment there that I don’t have at home. I love the chin-up machine.
- I can exercise without people climbing on me or telling me they are hungry or that their sibling did something I need to deal with.
For now, I’ll keep going and re-evaluate in another month or two.
Do you like to exercise at the gym?