Most people are on a very tight budget these days and our nation is in debt terribly, so you would think that one of the last things we do would be paying crazy prices for a gym membership. Most membership prices are around thirty dollars a month, and that’s when you throw a big deposit down and are signed onto a yearlong contract. That’s a lot of money for a little card that makes you a member of their club. But do you even need to join a gym to get the great results you would expect to get there? I don’t think you do at all, in fact, if you use your resources, then you can be getting a great workout practically for free, besides the fact you will probably have to get some shoes to run and workout in.
There are a lot of machines [at the gym] that focus purely on cardio; well you want to know what a great way to get your cardio? Go run! Running is a great way to stay in shape and build your cardio, and best of all, it’s free! Running gives you a stronger heart and you will feel so much better after a while and be able to run a lot longer than you expected. Maybe if you really get into it you can run a marathon, and that is one of the greatest accomplishments in fitness history you can do (in my opinion). There are also so many more cardio exercises you can do such as swimming, biking, jump rope, Frisbee, the possibilities are endless!
You can also buy equipment for you house to make it a gym and it will end up being so much cheaper! There are things such as pull up bars that you can put on door frames, perfect pushups that help you do push-ups properly, or If you have the money get a treadmill or elliptical! They aren’t that expensive and it’s a one-time payment, then you own it forever and can use it whenever you want without worrying about other people messing it up (unless your wife is crazy and doesn’t know how to use it). You can have a really nice home gym and never have to walk into a gym again, and all for a really cheap price if you know how to search around the internet for good deals!
If you are so set on getting a gym membership, look around at all the places! Most gyms give you a few days free just for checking it out, then you can see if it is really for you and you won’t have just went in without know anything and signed up for a gym that has nothing you want. And make sure what you are getting to, if it’s possible, try not to get a contract. Contracts suck you in and you are stuck there for a lot longer than you want to. If you really want to go to a gym, check to see if they have any promos, like maybe you don’t have to be in a contract and just pay month to month, I would definitely shoot for something like that.
Just because you don’t have a gym membership does not in any way mean you are not going to get the exercise you need. There are many things you can do to stay in shape and not be poor, which in my opinion is a lot better than wasting money on some equipment to help you work out when you can find out how to work out that part of your body online. The internet is a great tool and I would recommend using it to find out what you need to work on to stay in the best shape you want to be at.