Every fitness freak and health guru I know goes to the gym, so I’m not here to bash it; it works, no doubt about it. Obviously it’s great to get off our butts to exercise and, for most people, the gym is the perfect place, with access to equipment, space and support that they don’t have at home. But I’m just NOT a gym person, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.
I’ll be totally honest – I’m scared. The thought of trying to exercise – and I’m no athlete, I’ll tell ya that – in a room full of people, is my idea of hell. It’s super intimidating and a hurdle I have no interest in overcoming. I find it hard enough to pluck up the determination and motivation to work out in the first place, let alone having to worry about getting some confidence under my belt as well.
And then it’s the money. Sure, some gym memberships are affordable, but it’s very much a disposable income luxury. And before I’m bombarded with links to cheap gym subscriptions and people yelling at me “I ONLY PAY £15 A MONTH FOR MINE, I BET YOU SPEND MORE THAN THAT ON STARBUCKS COFFEE EVERY WEEK, BLA BLA BLA!” (because that’s how people yell on Twitter), yes, I understand that’s affordable – for some people. But when you’re skint, anything out of budget is an extra expense, no matter how much of a bargain it may seem to someone else. And I don’t buy Starbucks coffee, thank you very much.
Nope, if I’m going to exercise, you can betcha I’m doing it for free. Running suits me much better than any gym – sure, I’m still rubbish at it, but it doesn’t cost me a penny, it’s out in the fresh air and if I see another person and start feeling self-conscious then I just run away from them! I have spent money occasionally when it comes to exercise – a yoga mat, weights, a collapsible bike – but once they’re paid for I can get as much use out of them as I like without signing up for a membership! 🏃♀️
Like I said, gyms obviously do wonders for some people and if you’ve got that mentality about you then great. Good on ya. But it just doesn’t appeal to me, and I’m afraid I won’t be converted anytime soon (unless someone wants to pay for my membership and give me a private workout room, please and thank you!).