So in January of this year, in a new-year-resolution-influenced haze, you signed up for a gym.
It’s now April and you have walked through the doors of that gym exactly five times.
The guilt of that unused membership is eating a hole into your conscience, as well as your wallet. You know how stupid it is to be paying $19 a week for something that you aren’t using. You kick yourself on a daily basis and promise yourself that you’ll go every day next week.
And yet next week comes, and you still don’t go.
Honestly, I understand. I do. I’ve wasted thousands of dollars on gym memberships over the years, which is really silly considering that I don’t have all that much money to waste.
I now have a Fitness First membership that I do use several times a week, every week – but it’s taken me a long time, and a lot of gyms, to get to this point.
So if you’re a bit stuck with a waste gym membership, you need to sit down and figure out EXACTLY why you don’t use it – and figure out the solution to the problem.
Here are some solutions to some common problems.
No matter what you do, you just can’t bring yourself to drag yourself to the gym. After all, it’s shifting into colder weather now, and it’s much more pleasant to sit on the couch in very loose trackpants and watch TV.
But you have to scrounge up some motivation. You have to! Try…
– Convincing a friend to join the same gym. I always arrange to go to the gym with one of my friends – and I hate bailing on her so I always end up going.
– Working out exactly how much money you’re wasting by not attending the gym, writing that number up on a big piece of paper and putting it up where you’re going to see it everyday. A friend of mine did this with her university classes and she never missed a lecture – she too confronted by the sight of that big “$82!!!!!” written out in Sharpie, hanging up on her bathroom mirror.
– Joining a program that your gym is running. Most gyms have programs or challenges that run over a period of a few weeks or months. They’re a good way to get involved in something fun and often there are excellent prizes to be won.
– Participating in every single gym class until you find one that you really love. I’m personally not much of a spin class person but I really love Zumba, barre workouts and an abs and core class called CX Abs. I’ll always drag myself to the gym for those.
2. You don’t really have time to go
Yes, you do. Well, maybe not every day – but more often than not, you should be carving out time in your day to work out. Keeping fit is both an investment in your physical and mental health and well worth the time it takes to make it happen.