Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To Gym or No Gym

I currently have a gym membership. We love our gym because they have a great kid care there for the kids. Mason has tons of fun and they have a whole BUCKET of dinosaurs that he requests the moment he walks in the door. He wears himself out and gets to socialize with the other kids.

The down side to the gym is that it is EXPENSIVE! Matt and I agreed that as long as the gym was being used a sufficient amount of time each week that we could continue with the gym memberships. Lately, since I had Collin really, the gym hasn't been used all that often. Our poor kids keep getting sick. They have the no green booger rule so anytime we have green boogies we can't go. And when one gets sick the other gets sick, then the first gets sick and so forth. IT HAS BEEN AWFUL! So right now I am debating on, do we keep the gym membership?

Oh this is so hard for me, especially when I know I have the 4 miler training program coming up, the 4 miler race, and then wanting to do a half marathon this fall. I do most of my training on the treadmill at the gym. But I haven't been as diligent about going, even today Collin is still sick with something so again we can't go.

I have been really good about doing at home workouts which have been kicking my butt and getting me super sore. And I have been really enjoying them! (currently loving 21 day fix!) And with such great workouts available why not just work out at home. I could get better results because of the type of workouts I do that would work different areas and truly customize it. Do yo really need a gym membership when you can do everything at home? (running on the street maybe not in the morning but at another time during the day?) But I could just get a treadmill at home. Right?

So you see I have been going back and forth. Just getting to the gym with 2 kids has been hard. Oh and Mason will be going to school this September so it would just be one kid to take to the gym again at that point so maybe suspend it until September? UGH! See my dilemma? I really love my gym BUT, the is a big BUT. I hate wasting money and I just can't get out as often as I need to justify the amount of money we are paying!

What do you prefer, gym working out or at home workouts? Would you buy a treadmill for home and forgo your gym membership?

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  1. If I had to go through the hassle of loading up the kids and driving to the gym, it wouldn't happen, even if childcare was available. That and I'm too cheap to spend the money on the membership :) (been there, done that, don't want to do it again)

    We found a used treadmill on craigslist several years ago for $50, and while it's not the most high tech one out there, it covers the basics (distance, time, incline changes, etc). I'd rather run outside, but that's just not an option right now, so being able to run early in the am (if I manage to get up before the kids), during the morning (morning nap time was a great time), or any other time I can squeeze it in is great. I can even hit the treadmill while the kids are playing in the next room. I find it much more convenient than any other option right now, and it helps me stay in shape :)

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    1. I might be looking for a treadmill because really that is the only thing I do at the gym, besides the ballet barre I just tried and really enjoyed. But great idea for Craigslist! It is hard to get both kids ready to go and if Mason is in a sour mood I don't want to reward him with playing with friends. UGH! I hate this decision!

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