We are quickly heading into the time of year when everyone is desperate to shed their holiday pounds. This can translate into big bucks for the local gyms and fitness clubs. I looked it up. The figure is about $21 MILLION dollars a year spent on gym memberships just here in the US. Sadly about 70% of these memberships are going underutilized or even unused completely – WOW! Ka-ching for the fitness clubs…
Getting into shape is absolutely a worthy goal, but not at the cost of blowing your budget (especially consider how much you probably spent for Christmas) so let’s look at it from a financial point of view. One thing to keep in mind is that the odds are heavily stacked in favor of the gym. They’re masters at manipulating
suckers customers into spending large sums of money for services they will probably never use.
First off, consider if a gym membership is right for you? I love this quote:
“I am made entirely of flaws
stitched together with
I think that describes a lot of us, myself included. We have nothing but the best of intentions, especially when it comes to exercise. But the fact is, we get busy, bored, and just plain don’t like the sweat and pain of going to a gym. So, we skip it once this week, and twice the next week. And before we know it, we don’t go at all.
So be honest with yourself. Are you one of the 70% who will buy an expensive gym membership and not use it? Or are you one of the 30% who has the discipline to USE it?
I’ve been this route a few times and I know perfectly well. I am in the 70%. I’m capable of maintaining an exercise routine, but for me, it needs to be easy, easy, easy. I can (and do!) exercise in my PJ’s most of the time and that works for me. I’ve got my treadmill, I have a Wii, I have a stack of various fitness tapes. And if nothing else, I’m not too proud to just walk round and round inside my house. Or just walk around the neighborhood (although not in my PJ’s!). If I have to pack up some gym clothes, drive to the gym, and then put do a whole fitness routine – it just ain’t happening!
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