I just can’t make up my mind! I’ve been struggling with the decision of whether to continue my gym membership or cancel it and workout at home. Frustrated with seeing my $32 a month go to waste, I temporarily “froze” my gym membership. Like a lot of people, when life gets busy I tend to abandon my fitness routine. My frequent excuses are that “I don’t have time” and “I’m too tired.” On occasion I’ll try to convince myself that cutting back on calories will make up for my lack of exercise but I know that is not entirely true. The bottom line is that I just have to make time!
Not too long ago, a good friend put things into perspective for me. She said that her health is a priority and just like she wouldn’t go all day without brushing her teeth, she wouldn’t go all day without working out. Adopting that frame of thought, I made a promise to myself to do some sort of exercise every day. Before unfreezing my gym membership, I thought I’d see how it goes working out at home. I browsed through my exercise DVD collection which includes Windsor Pilates, Yoga Booty Ballet, Slim in 6, Core Secrets and 30-Day Shred to name a few. I worked out with Jillian Michaels for a while before discovering some new workouts On Demand. Gotta love U-verse!
While I enjoy the convenience of working out in the comfort of my own home and at any time of the day or night, I have to say that it’s just not as fun as my gym workouts. I miss people watching on the treadmill and pretending not to notice when the big, buff guys start peacocking. I miss the group exercise classes (Body Works Plus Abs at LA Fitness is my fav). There also seems to be an added dose of motivation at the gym. Knowing I’m not the only people watcher in the joint, I tend to work out a little harder just in case I have an audience. Should I be embarrassed to admit that? I find that when I’m tuckering out towards the end of my home workout, I just lay on the floor and watch the rest of it. I know I should be embarrassed to admit that!
So, what’s a girl to do? Do I plan my day around the group exercise schedule at the gym and get my entertainment on the treadmill? Or do I make my own workout schedule and imagine I’m not the only one lunging and squatting in my living room? Tell me what you think.
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