Why I've decided to give up my gym membership
This might come as a bit of a surprise, but I’m going to cancel my gym membership. That might not sound like such a big deal, but anyone who knows me will tell you how much of a gym bunny I am. 5am alarm calls and crazy HIIT sessions are the norm for me, or at least they used to be. After 5 solid years I’ve decided to time to move on!
After the initial 2 stone I lost when I first joined the gym my weight has pretty much stayed the same for the last four and a half years. No matter how heavy I lift or how many HIIT session I do my shape and weight never budge… and that’s absolutely fine. I’m healthy and more importantly I’m happy. Of course, I have my imperfections, those wobbly bits, that cellulite and stretch lines, but that’s just me and I’m OK with it. I know what I need to do to keep healthy and I know that the gym isn’t essential for that.
More recently I’ve fallen out of love with the hardcore sessions and demands from other areas of my life mean that getting to the gym just isn’t as easy as it used to be. That’s not to say I’ve not been working out, the warmer days have me running outside again and I’m loving yoga which I’ve managed to introduce more regularly, and of courses there’s netball and the enormous pleasure you get from being part of a team (a champion team at that!). I’ve been feeling guilty going for a run thinking I should be in the gym that I pay so much more but I’ve just not had the same interest in going there. So, just like any relationship, when it’s just not making you happy anymore it’s time to move on.
As April comes to an end, so will my gym membership. I feel a strange sadness about leaving it behind, it’s a place I have spent so much time and learn so much about what my body is capable of. You might think I’m being dramatic writing a whole post about this but working out is a huge part of who I am and the gym has been a reliable constant in my life. Even when I had my arm in plaster, I’d be there peddling away on the bike because this girl just can’t stop moving. But I know I can keep up a new regime that involves the things I’m loving rather than forcing myself to do workout I’m just not that into at the moment.
As the summer months begin to show I looking to buy a bike to cycle to work with the money I save on my cancelled membership; and I can get a bit of a lie in because running from my house in the morning will use up less time than schlepping to the gym. I’ve already got yoga classes with friends book in too so I can make the whole thing more sociable and fun. I’m excited to get my exercise mojo back.
I think we put far too much pressure on ourselves to be doing the things we think we should be doing, when actually we should just look to the things that make us happy. For me, I’m going to relieve myself of the pressure of having to utilise an expensive gym membership and remind myself of just why I enjoy working out so much. I’m confident this will help me to restore a better balance in my life between work, socialising and exercise.
Summer: Bring it on!