Do you remember my hilarious post about my gym with a view on the mountain?
Well, I truly do love my outdoor evening walks! I regard them as nature’s gym with revolving scenery. With outdoor breezes sweeping your face, and the fact that it’s FREE, a workout doesn’t get much better than that!
Trouble was, my son didn’t like walking. And I wanted to encourage him to join me in whatever we attempted to do.
And then one day he got the bug to join a real gym. Ugh.
Trust me, I fought the idea. A gym has worked well for me in the past, but I’m such an outdoor girl that I fought it.
But then my walking diminished. Between weather issues and a boy that wouldn’t come, it wasn’t working. I needed to figure out a new plan.
So I listened… and we joined a real gym.
It’s a small family run gym which I really like. We’re generally the only ones in the building which is pretty super cool. Pounding upbeat music, plenty of cold water, beautiful equipment, and only a minute drive down the road, you just couldn’t ask for more.
Have you ever wondered if a gym is for you? Here are
6 reasons we joined a real gym
1. What’s your weather like?
Yuk. Wind and rain again?!
I dunno about you, but it rains nearly all the time in our west coast region. While I won’t melt if I walk in the rain, it didn’t exactly motivate me, so I avoided it more than I should have.
As for being indoors on a beautiful day, well, that can be just as hard. So we’ve been going evenings so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on a great day.
2. Are you building muscle?
In case you weren’t aware.. muscle mass is where it’s at for burning fat. Muscle will burn fat even when you sit and sleep. This allows you to not be a total slave to just dieting forever. (if you’re doing it for weight loss… and who doesn’t want to lose a few?)
At one point in my past, I had stopped working out because I was busy getting ready to move. But my weight loss was still so rapid! And that was totally due to all the built up muscle. I remember wolfing down burgers to slow my progress down. Ohhhh to be there again…
3. Motivated by payments
A free, beautiful outdoor walk is wonderful! But… it was also easy to place on the back burner. Very easy.
Having to pay to work out has motivated me moreso to get out that door. We schedule the workout into our day rather than avoid or ignore it.
4. What do you primarily want to do?
Walking was great! I did enjoy it, but I knew in order to build up muscle again, I needed machines.
The gym we chose is a small family run. No pool, no classes, just first class machines. And a price to reflect that. It’s affordable.
Before we joined, I thought about a larger gym complete with pools and classes. But I didn’t want to spend an hour a day driving, plus even more time in a pool and even MORE time in a class. I wanted to work out on the machines, then go home. So having the basics close by works well for us.
If you like the idea of pilates, zumba or yoga, you may wish to check out places with classes.
5. Teaming up with another
I’ve always pretty much resorted to walking alone, prior to this. When I had our dog Jenna, that worked out very well. I’ve attempted walking with friends before, but with juggling schedules, it was always tricky to coordinate.
Going with someone in your FAMILY is easier! You’re on the same time frame for meals and schedules, so if you can get a family member to join with you, that’s really the most effortless way.
Going with another just flat out helps motivate each other. No question about it.
Yep… we are working out!
And while we will hopefully gain some health benefits from this, it really isn’t just about self improvement. It was a lot to do with…
6. Creating a new common interest with my boy that we could both enjoy.
Just think… there may be potential for this ‘teen’s mom’ to become at least 10% cool…. it’s worth a shot. 🙂
Not ready for a gym yet but know you should be doing something? Read My 6 ridiculously easy, life changing habits post. I’ll betcha anything you’ll be heading out the door tomorrow…