Exercise is a great thing. It helps us stay in shape, meet our weight/body/physique goals, and gets our energy levels up. I've been into fitness as long as I can remember, and growing up, I partook in gymnastics, karate, dance, cheerleading, etc.. For a little under a year, I've had a gym membership, and in today's post, I'm going to share why I got one as well as the pros and cons of a gym membership to help you decide if getting one is right for you.
I work from home, so I can decide if I want to work standing up, sitting down in an office chair, wrapped in my blankets sitting in my bed, at a coffee shop, etc.. This is a great thing, but it means that I have to be extra proactive in making sure I'm getting the physical fitness I need. Being at home is fun, but it's important to get out, so I initially got a gym membership to get motivated about working out and to get out of the house.
When I initially got my membership, I went to the gym pretty consistently; I went almost every day of the week. I also signed up in the spring, so the weather was changing and I was coming out of the winter seasonal depression which also made it easier to go to the gym.
Throughout the year, my gym attendance decreased. I explored pole fitness for a bit and did workouts at home. Since getting my gym membership, there's been times when I haven't been for a few weeks and even a few months. The thing about my membership and most gym memberships is that they're annual, which means it's a year long contract. That means whether I go to the gym or not, I have to pay anyway per my year contract. This is fine when I go, but it's not fun seeing that money taken out of my account when I'm not going and reaping the benefits. The only way out of paying before the contract is up is to pay a buyout fee. Even without going to the gym all the time, the fact that I can go when I want does make it worth it to keep. Also, the buyout fee is more than I'd want to pay. When I really think about it, the fact that I can go to the gym when I please and use the amenities makes it worth it no matter how often I go.
If you're someone who wants to engage in fitness, you want the freedom and ability to go to the gym when you like and will go at least 50% of the time or 50% of the duration of your membership, and you have it in your budget to invest in a membership, go for it. If not, than it may not be the best investment. The best way to decide if a gym membership is for you is to weigh out the pros and cons of a gym membership for you and your life.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post and/or that it helped you in some way.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins