As an exercise-loving-tech-phobe, I’d become quite retro in my workout choices and didn’t see a problem with it.
I happily went for a 30 minute jog most mornings, at peace with being alone with my thoughts and choosing to run without music blasting through my head.
I’d do a few sets of push ups while watching my favourite TV shows each night and I never, ever went to a grocery store in work out gear.
I’d done it this way for over a decade until….
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I entered a local fun run. I’d never done one before and always wanted to try. I turned up all by myself – because that’s what I was used to – and jogged the entire way devoid of any gadgets. In fact, I was pretty much the only competitor who wasn’t at least wearing a FitBit, or one of those arm straps that holds your smart phone.
I felt naked.
Then I started to feel quite lonely. Everyone else at least had one friend they were jogging with and the competitors I envied the most were those who had clearly organised a team through their local gym. They were all decked out and hooting and hollering and having a blast.
They really put the word ‘fun’ into the phrase fun run.
For the first time in years I thought about joining a gym again. I wanted to work out with friends too. I wanted some support and camaraderie. I used to go to a gym in my early twenties before deciding to only every exercise outdoors, on my own. But exercise doesn’t have to hard or lonely. There’s an amazing world of fun exercise out there, and I suddenly realised that going back to the gym was an easy way to join it.
Before calling my local gym – conveniently located IN my nearest shopping centre – I called my private health insurer because sometimes you can claim costs associated with staying fit and healthy. Thankfully my insurer, Medibank Private, went one step better. They had an app called GymBetter which instantly opened all the doors for me, not just to my local gym – but to gyms within the Fitness First, Anytime Fitness and Goodlife Health Clubs networks.