My move to quit the gym has been a long time coming.
I have belonged to a gym ever since moving to New York City in 2000 (first, the YMHA in the East Village, then the New York Sports Club, followed by a private gym run by my posh high-rise building, then back to the New York Sports Club). I currently pay $73 in monthly dues at the New York Sports Club... or $876 a year. And that is WITH a corporate discount.
I have been a member for 4 years.... or $3,504. And really double that -- my husband is also a member.
And that is ignoring the money I spent on the gyms prior to the one I belong to right now. (That being said, the YMHA in the East Village, a/k/a as the 14th Street Y, was a terrific deal, with a spacious workout room and a pool, and I am hesitant to lump it into the "money-suck" category. The private gym was also a decent deal, at about $500 a year, and membership included use of a pool, sun-deck, spinning room, and yoga classes, nevermind the amazing gym equipment.)
For the past few months I have been decreasing the number of times I go to the gym each month, and testing myself at home to determine if my whole "quitting the gym" manta is sustainable. Verdict? Absolutely sustainable.
This blog will following my journey as I quit the gym and start working out at home. I will discuss my actual workouts, workout philosophy, offer eating tips, and maybe a random life and health/beauty tip thrown in for good measure.