As my deep, deep decluttering slows to a trickle, I finally have an office that is starting to resemble the exercise room I intended it to be. The recumbent bike is in there along with a TV that gets 3 or 4 channels to watch while I ride. The big weight machine I bought about ten years ago is in there, too. Within a week I should have room to put my free weights in there as well, and I'm going to buy a full-length mirror to hang on the wall so I can watch my form. All the PT stuff is going in there, including an exercise ball, ankle weights, and a thick mat for floor exercises. It's not a big room but with the boxes up off the floor and out of the way, it is big enough for all this plus my computer desk. I am loving the transformation; I may even paint one wall a cheery color and hang some pictures in there so it is a place I can truly enjoy.
Even with all of that, this week I have spent some time trying to decide whether or not to join a gym. When I first moved here and was married, we had a family gym membership and it was fun, but expensive. After I got divorced there was no way I could afford almost $100 a month for this huge, pricey gym. Since then I have done most of my "workouts" at home... mainly walking, biking, videos, and weights. That has slowed quite a bit as I've had trouble with my joints and feet.
This summer has been so fun. My daughter finally learned to swim, so I've been taking her to a public pool once a week for a couple of hours (it's a half hour away or we'd go more often). It has been a complete blast! I no longer have to hold her or stay with her in shallow water the whole time like I did last year; we go in the "deep" (4-5') together and she swims and jumps in a million times while I swim with her. I still have to watch her closely, and it ain't lap swimming, but it is super fun and I feel much better even with this level of activity. In just two more week though, the pool closes for the season. I'm already dreading that! I am just so thankful we've been able to go as much as we have. Anyway, this got me thinking about how nice it would be to swim year-round. Nope, there isn't a YMCA with a pool. Nope, there isn't a high school with a pool, or a pay-per-visit pool... nothing. Just that $100-a-month gym I used to belong to. But then I heard a new gym opened up 10 minutes away WITH A POOL. And with a year contract it is only $29 a month for one person! And then, I found out the 'expensive' gym I used to belong to is running a 3 month special that's just about the same price as the new one. Hmmm. Something to think about.
I have to decide by tomorrow if I want the 3-month thing, and I'm just not sure. I mean, here I am on the very brink of *finally* having my home gym all set up. Why join a gym NOW? The only reason, really, is the pool. I can do all my strength training on my machine and my free weights at home. I have the bike. I can't use much other gym equipment and probably can't do any classes. I could see a personal trainer but have to pay extra for that; I could do that without joining a gym.
I need to really be honest with myself about what I am physically capable of, how motivated I will be to use a gym I paid for versus one in my house, a pool versus a bike, driving somewhere in the winter versus working out at home, and getting to the gym when my kids are in school and I am not working. I dunno. I am not sure what to do.
I haven't worked outside the home since I was 6 months pregnant with my last child. I wasn't able to go back to work due to her health issues, but she is doing great now. I've just been SO enjoying the last few years with my girl; I had to work when my boys were little so it is nice to have extra time with my last child. The job I'm applying for would have me working only when the kids are in school, so I can still be home when they are home. If I get the position, working out will have to happen at night, at home. Long term, I will be going back to school for my Masters (at least). All of this is swirling in my mind and I feel like I need to get in shape NOW because life is just going to get busier. I have really enjoyed this 7 year reprieve from the rat race/workforce, but I think it's a good time to move back towards my chosen field.
So, tonight I ponder: join the gym? Or set up a workout schedule for my almost-finished home gym? Wait and see how committed I am to the home gym, and join the other gym later if I really need the pool? Save the gym money to use towards sessions with a personal trainer? How much will I even be able to do with my joint problems? Is the pool the answer? I dunno. I am going to sleep on it. Input and insights are welcome!
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