Read This Before You Get a Gym Membership
We’ve all seen newspaper articles about the importance of exercising 3 times a week. Some of us have felt guilty for eating a doughnut while reading the article and decided to get healthier. Since many of us live in parts of the world where it is difficult to exercise outdoors throughout the year, we end up with gym memberships. We feel so motivated when we march on over to the gym and sign up. I can assure you that this feeling of inspiration does not last long.
Here is what typically happens with a 30-day gym membership
Day 1 – Sign up for the gym and work out for an hour. You feel energised and vow to come back every morning before work.
Day 2 – Groggily drag yourself out of bed and go to the gym. You feel so exhausted from lack of sleep that you spend 10 minutes strolling on the treadmill before you leave.
Day 3 – Hit the snooze button on your alarm clock so many times that you no longer have time to go to the gym before work.
Day 4 – Realise that it makes more sense to go to the gym after work. You try out all the machines and return home exhausted.
Day 5 – Every muscle in your body hurts. You decide to skip the gym and order a pizza instead. You order extra cheese because you work out now.
Day 6 – Shop for new gym clothes to keep you motivated, but spend so much time in the store that the gym is closed by the time you get there.
Day 7 – Go to the movies with your friends after work and decide you will make it up by going to the gym twice on the next day.
Day 8 – Go to the gym and stay for a half hour. You need to get home and catch up on your favourite TV shows.
Day 9 – Bring a friend to the gym with your guest pass. Stay for 2 hours and work up a sweat.
Day 10 – Bring same friend to gym with your guest pass and hang out in the pool.
Day 11 – On your way home from the gym, reward yourself for going to the gym so often with a slice of chocolate cheesecake.
Day 12 – Stay home and create a great playlist so you are more pumped for the next day.
Day 13 – Go to the gym feeling super pumped about your playlist only to realise you forgot your headphones.
Day 14 – Look at the weighing scale and realise you have actually gained weight since you started your membership. Work out for 2 hours.
Day 15 – Ignore the Baskin Robbins employee who is waving at you and continue to the gym with intense ice cream cravings.
Days 16 – 20 – Work 14 hour days and not find time for the gym.
Day 21 – Spend the whole day in bed recovering from a crazy work week.
Day 22 – Skip the gym because you climbed up 10 flights of stairs when the elevator stopped working.
Day 23 – Spend 2 hours looking for your iPod and then decide you no longer have time to go to the gym.
Day 24 – Bump into a friend at the gym and chat with them about how working out turned your life around.
Day 25 – Arrive at the gym bright and early only to discover that gyms are closed on public holidays.
Day 26 – Run out of clean work out clothes and do laundry instead.
Days 27 – 29 – Realise that your gym membership is almost over and work out excessively.
Day 30 – Get suckered into signing up for another month.