Those immortal words were spoken by Chandler Bing in the Friends episode ‘The One With The Ballroom Dancing’, and have been echoed by millions of people ever since it aired in the 90s. In the show, the characters found it difficult to enjoy their gym subscription, and even more difficult to swallow the cost of it. These are just two of the problems many of us have with belonging to a gym or fitness centre. What we’re after is results and what we don’t want is the pain that often goes with it!
Of course, gyms can be stuffy (stinky), noisy (why is that spin class music so loud?), and lacking somewhat in hygiene. They’re usually big, modern buildings that lack personality, and are the hangouts for girls (and guys) with figures that just don’t seem real. There’s a sense of pressure to perform, and that creepy, uncomfortable feeling that someone in there is lurking and watching you.
Don’t fret if gyms aren’t for you. There are many other ways to get into shape, stay in shape, and enjoy the process of doing it. In fact, you can do it all from home if you really wanted to. This can be particularly handy if you’re a work-from-home copywriter who needs those ten minutes of screen-break to come up with the next engaging paragraph!
Don’t be afraid to trawl the internet for sites that give you a wide range of ideas and suggestions. Pick and choose the bits you like to do. Just be brave enough to try one or two different things a week to keep it all interesting. That might be all you need to get your motivation back into gear and your fitness goals back on track.
Don’t forget, you don’t have to push yourself into reps or exercises you’re not keen on. More and more people are focussing on enjoying an active lifestyle than rigorous boot camp training workouts. If you like cycling, then pick a route and go. If you enjoy a Sunday morning swim, then make that your thing. And if you can walk to work (or leave the house, walk around the block then come back home for work) then that could be as active as you need to be. Every little thing can add up to a great shape and good fitness.
How can you tell if you’re fit anyway? Is it all about the dress size? No. You can be fit and healthy even if you’re bigger in size than you want to be. According to http://myfitnesspal.com/ you need a fair percentage of fat on your body anyway. Being fit is about being able to do what you want when you want to do it. It’s about performing at the level you want to achieve without collapsing in a snotty heap of exhaustion. It’s about being able to have fun with your body!
If you want to quit the gym, then do it. Don’t waste your money. You can workout at home, in the park, or at work during your lunch break. Or you can just have some active fun. Enjoy.