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Date: 9/19/11 12:28 PM

I'm trying to decide whether to retain my gym membership. It's $30 a month. When I go, all I do is spend about a half hour on the treadmill and another half hour on the stationary bike (getting my heart rate up to about 120 or so), and then do some stretches. I do feel good after that, but it's boring. I bring my ipod and listen to music or read, but it's still boring. I'm kind of afraid of all the weight-lifting equipment, and if you want someone to show you how to use it you have to pay extra (they try to hard-sell you into a contract for that).

The biggest problem, though, is scheduling the time to go. It's not on my route to and from work, so it's a bit of a hassle to go there. There's another gym that I pass by every day when I walk from the subway so it would be really convenient, but they charge twice as much. However, my thrifty side says either is a big waste of money if I'm not using it.

So, do you belong to a gym? How often do you go, and what do you do there?

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Date: 9/19/11 12:36 PM

I do belong to a gym, I usually go 4 or 5 mornings a week. Yes, its boring... I do it so I don't have to spend so much of my sewing time letting all my clothes out!
The times that I have most faithfully gone is when I have someone who is meeting me there (usually someone that I work with) who makes me feel guilty when I don't go.
I too pay more to go to belong to a gym which is on my way to work. The added benefit of driving into town while the traffic is still light is quite a motivation in itself. The commute is 30 mins at 6ish, but it can be as long as an hour if I don't leave until 7:30.

For me it is worth it, but thats a personal choice.

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Date: 9/19/11 1:00 PM

I have always belonged to a gym because I was not disciplined enough to do it at home. But since we moved here, I did not join since I spend 3 hours a day carpooling and the last thing I wanted to do was get in the car and drive 30 minutes to the gym and we could not handle one more monthly charge. I put exercise on my to do list every day and I do walk, ride my bike or do the Wii or elliptical for at least 30 minutes and then put a star on my calendar when I've exercised--love seeing them accumulate--it's the simple things lol You mentioned taking the subway--anyway you can work in a walk before or after taking the train? You know yourself better than anyone and if you can keep it up on your own. I would think 'in this economy', there would be a gym that will let you pay month to month.

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Date: 9/19/11 1:03 PM

I belong to a gym but don't go. My excuse is that I can't find a suitable time to go. Evenings are too crowded and there's not enough time in the morning unless I get up very early. When I did go, I went every weekday in the hopes that it would become as regular as taking a shower every day (it didn't quite work out that way though). To combat boredom, I alternated days doing cardio on the treadmill or elliptical with days doing weight machines. The weight machines are a lot easier to use than free weights and don't really require a lot of instruction since your body position is pretty much controlled by sitting at the machine. If you don't want to pay extra for a trainer, just watch other people to see how they use the machines. Start with light weights, go slowly and feel the resistance of the weight, and keep your posture straight. When you can do 20 reps easily, increase to the next level.

Since I don't make it to the gym, I'm trying to jog/run after work or work out to my XBox Kinect. It's just easier.

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Date: 9/19/11 1:11 PM

I do walk about a mile each way to get to the subway. It's good, but I feel I need more. The treadmill and the bike make me feel like a hamster on a wheel, but they get the job done.

I probably should try going at different times to see if there's a time that would work for me before I quit.

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Date: 9/19/11 1:43 PM

One thing is certain, it was really difficult for me to manage exercising when I was working and even harder before DD went away to college and then off on her own. It was really complicated to find the time. Now that I am essentially retired, things are different.

My gym costs quite a bit more than yours but it is an expense I have chosen based on the very convenient location of my gym and the ability to work with a trainer each time I go. The gym is a block and a half from my house. I go 3 times a week. There is no hassle for me to get there. The best thing is that there is a trainer and unless he is away participating in some kind of marathon or other, he has a different routine for me to follow each day ~ which is recorded in a notebook so that when he is not there (not often) I can open the book and pick a day and follow that routine. Before and after each work-out I do 15 minutes on a treadmill.

I have lost maybe 8 pounds since I stated back in February. More important, I am trimmer and my arms are looking better.

At age 62, I decided that I needed to lose 10-15 pounds of stress weight gained over the last 7 years and wanted to improve my general fitness, hopefully increasing the number of years I can live well on my own.

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Date: 9/19/11 2:24 PM

Eleanor, that sounds ideal.

If I weren't working full time and practicing the piano a couple of hours a day, plus trying to sew and do other things, it would be easier to fit it in.

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Date: 9/19/11 2:31 PM

I hate working out alone. What works for me is to go to the classes. Even if I don't know anyone I enjoy the workout. Now i have have made alot of friends there and we go to lunch.

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Date: 9/19/11 3:41 PM

Convenience has a tangible dollar value.

For any of you who have not been to a Y lately, it would be worth a visit. There is a lot of emphasis now on weight training and cardio equipment for women and men.
-- Edited on 9/21/11 0:28 AM --

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Date: 9/19/11 3:51 PM

Resistance training will have a positive carry over to the piano almost immediately.
-- Edited on 9/21/11 0:25 AM --

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