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  • Pros and cons of gym memberships

  • They found it to be hard
  • Build a small workout area
  • Here’s all you need to set up your home work out area…

It’s almost March 1st and March 1st is a very special day – it’s the day you can get a parking place at the gym where you signed up on January 1st. Here’s the pros and cons of gym memberships.

You see people, in their predictable manner, are reneging on those New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. They found it to be hard. They had good intentions in the first few weeks of January, but as February approached it became more of a social activity to go to the gym than a sweat-based one.

It becomes easier and easier to turn left and go to happy hour after work than it does to turn right and go to the gym after a long day at work. So how do you break this yearly cycle? One thing would be to build a small workout area in your home, which doesn’t take much room or money. In fact, it’s cheaper than your gym membership that you spend a large sum of money on each month plus that initial signup fee you paid.

Here’s all you need to set up your home work out area; a soft rubber workout matt, a few dumbbells, a kettle ball or two, some bands, an exercise ball, and some good workout shoes. Everything you need to do you can do in a very small area. Did you use the treadmill at the gym? You can easily walk around your neighborhood, or you can jog in place, jump rope or you can bounce up and down with a small re-bounder. You can get all your cardio and strength building exercise in a very small place. If you need extra motivation you can follow exercise videos so your routine doesn’t get boring. Not only will you continue a wellness program if you do it at home, you will save those constant monthly gym membership dues.

QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?

ANSWER: That you can feel better about yourself and get in shape without driving to a gym and spending two hours and save the money.

QUESTION: Why is this information timely?

ANSWER: This information is timely because many people just give up by this time of the year or could have possibly lost their health insurance. Without that safety net taking responsibility for your wellness becomes very important.

QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?

ANSWER: Think about it – if you are not going to go to the gym then cancel your membership and spend some money on setting up an exercise area at home.

COMMENTARY: The gym can be a distraction instead of a discipline because of the social aspect. That’s because people go to the gym to vent their frustrations as much as they go for a workout. There’s nothing worse than when someone targets you to be there sounding board when you are trying to get in your workout. So besides all the reasons mentioned above this is yet another reason that going to the gym to get your workout is overrated. Gyms are also germ and bacteria factories. And there’s always the chance of running into a steroid-enraged person who gets violent and out of control. However, getting exercise is not overrated, so get your little gym set up in the privacy of your home today and let the cat watch you.




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