Mental Gymnastics

Joining a gym. That was a thing we did.

It ended up being a pretty straightforward choice for us. The gym we joined has several classes we’ve been planning to pursue, a pool, and convenient locations and hours. When I did the math, the gym membership cost less than the classes and the community pool, as well as being more convenient than the latter, plus I can drop in before or after work and spend some time on the bikes or the weight machines.

I know there are lots of people who argue against joining a gym – it’s an unnecessary expense, it’s extra time, nobody ever goes, and so on. Believe me, I’ve thought through all of it. But the math for the classes Amber wants to take is pretty compelling, and paying some money to do a healthy thing versus paying no money to almost never to a healthy thing makes spending the money sound reasonable.

I’ve messed around with bodyweight exercise, with stuff you can do at home, with the paleo-style spontaneous exercise. But it comes back to the same thing everything else comes back to: I need habit. I need schedule. And I’m more effective when I acquiesce to that need rather than fighting it.

Since one of the gym locations is on my way home from work, I can easily go there two nights a week. Amber will meet me there after she gets back from work. Bam, instant schedule. Add in the Saturday morning tai chi class (yang style, I missed you!) and I have a workout plan that sounds sustainable, at least to me. Now I get to see how that works in practice, I suppose.

0 thoughts on “Mental Gymnastics

  1. Nice. I need to get back to exercising. I’m wondering if there are local tai chi teachers who will adapt some of the exercises to a seated position – I’ve heard it’s great if you need to become more aware of your body (as I do, with my dyspraxia and poor proprioception – not to mention needing to become more ‘energetically’ aware of it). I need to go back to swimming, too. If I could just listen to audiobooks in the pool, I’d be there every day!

  2. Gym membership really is about the math, as well as priority. There are a lot of expenses that are fairly neutral on their own, and gain or lose value depending on the personal interests of the household.

    For instance, half the people I’ve heard disparaging the cost of the gym consider satellite/cable tv a necessity to keep up on their favorite shows, but my household does just fine without it. Personal choices don’t always have to be moral judgments on the thing itself.

    I’m really happy for you guys. It sounds like a great investment.

    1. Yeah, we get Netflix but not cable; that just doesn’t serve our needs. The gym seems to be doing that so far. If it stops doing it, well, we can cancel.

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