You may have noticed that all my workouts so far have been at home. I’m slowly getting to the point where I’m going to have to join a gym if I want to keep progressing my workouts in a safe and easy way. I have a colleague who always says, “it takes three months to develop a new habit.” This is one of the reasons why I didn’t join the gym right away. I wanted to make it through my three month “trial period” with myself before I shelled out all that money for a gym membership.
So, I’m about ten weeks in and I faltered yesterday. I let some stuff get to me and I skipped my workout. I’m not considering it a complete fail because I did go out and hike about 4 miles yesterday afternoon, but that’s a completely different workout. But at least I did something. I’m going to make sure I don’t miss my second workout of the week and make this one up at the end of this exercise block. If I can manage to stay on task, then I think I will be ready to join the gym.
I also didn’t join right away because I didn’t want to be part of the January New Year’s resolution rush. That always seems to happen and at least fifty percent of those people end up paying for a membership each month that they don’t even use. I think that’s nuts. Imagine what you could do with that extra money if you’re not going to use the gym. It’s also way too crowded that month and I didn’t want to be fighting for equipment.
Join When YOU Need To
I also had the luxury of having some equipment at home. I had enough equipment that I could come up with three months worth of progressive workouts without things becoming too easy for me. Most people will be able to get through the first two months of my workouts at home if they have some simple equipment, but after that it may get more difficult. So, you may need to get into a gym sooner than later depending on what you have available to you. And if you have a bunch of equipment, you can probably just keep working out at home if that’s what you like to do. As long as you’re getting it done, it doesn’t matter. Keep up the good work!