To Gym or Not to Gym? That is the Question.

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I was a member of the gym at university for 3 years. Even in the brief spell I spent back living with my parents I had a gym membership. After moving to north London for work 9 months ago however with student debts whispering in my ear and the fresh burn of London rent I didn’t think shedding out £50 odd a month would be wise spending.

Now I really miss it, I mean really miss it. The gym was my therapy. I know a lot of people say that exercise allows them to switch off, stop thinking for a while. I actually find the opposite. When I exercise my thoughts become clearer, I have solved many a personal dilemma whilst on a treadmill. I have found the ideal solution to countless difficult decisions whilst swimming lengths.

So, I’ve been looking at local gyms and the one I have my eye wants £60 per month, I repeat – £60 PER MONTH! You know the most annoying thing? To usually thrash out whether that is a worthy investment, I’d go to the gym to mull it over, oh the irony.

So in the absence of my usual process, I adopted for the more traditional pros and cons list:

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So – to gym or not to gym? That is the question. Is £60 a month unreasonable? How much is my clarity of mind and my physical well being worth? The friendly guy who showed me around today is going to call me on Saturday to see if I have made my decision, hopefully by then I’ll have an answer for him. Until then I’ll more than likely be pulling my indecisive face…

What would you do?

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  1. Richard Neville
    September 10, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Learn to drive, buy a car and then that solves the bus issue! *this does not help with the money side of things.

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      That would be a genius plan, however I can already drive and my car is the second family car and doesn’t live with me. Can’t afford my own so I’m stuck to public transport for now! Boo!

  2. September 16, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I’ve been put off gym costs in London too! My solution was tackling running, I’ve never really warmed to the idea of other people seeing me struggle with my unfit state, but it’s a lot easier than I thought. Loads of the parks around me have outdoor gyms too, I haven’t tried them yet but I see a massive range of people using them – kids, standard gym junkies, the overweight and old. I guess it’s an easy alternative while it’s warm!

    • September 16, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      I considered running but I’ve never really been a fa and where I live is incredibly hilly too! I decided to go for the gym membership and if I find I’m struggling to finance it I can always stop and look for something else but I think its giving me some well needed motivation at the moment!

  3. September 16, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    Oh goodness, I see your dilemma! I joined a gym briefly, but ours was only $15 a month (not sure about currency conversions, but my loose idea would put that about £8?!). I prefer to exercise outdoors, but if you really miss the gym (and it sounds like you definitely do!), I would make strides to do what will make you happiest — especially as we’re getting into fall and winter, when exercising outdoors won’t be nearly as fun. Though it’s tough, working that into your budget might make you really happy in the end.

    • September 16, 2014 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks very much! I actually did bite the bullet and join up. I figure if I can’t afford to keep it up over the summer months then I can freeze my membership and get myself outside instead but its very true that over the winter its far nicer to exercise inside!
      I wish gym membership could be £8, that would be a dream!

  4. September 17, 2014 / 3:08 am

    Gym therapy is probably cheaper than professional therapy… and likely better for you in the long run anyways! 😉

    • September 17, 2014 / 8:11 am

      That is very true and makes me a little happier about taking the hit on my bank balance, thank you! 🙂

  5. October 26, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Did you make your mind up? Why can’t you run around the neighborhood??? I have to admit I hate gyms.

  6. October 26, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Yeah I did, I now have gym membership! I’ve never been a runner, I get bored very quickly so I like the variety of a gym, the equipment, the classes, the pool and everything. Plus means I don’t have to battle the delights of British weather!

  7. November 13, 2014 / 12:23 am

    What is your skating abilities like? Join Roller Derby 😉

    Regardless if you are a figure skater or only had what most of us had as a child, those lovely plastic fisher price skates… You will be welcomed into a team.

    I’m personally not a massive fan of the gym, I find it usually has a lot of women with next to no clothes on showing how many miles they can run on a treadmill while the men are desperately trying to out do each other in the weight room while looking at themselves in the mirror far too much…. Surely this isn’t just my experience?

    Anyway, I decided to look for a sport. I had played football at school and was actually quite good at it, however there wasn’t any leagues close enough to where I lived. Then I stumbled on this little sport called Roller Derby… turns out it isn’t actually that little. Now I train 3 times a week – 2hours Wed/Thurs night and 3 hours on Sunday. I now also do weight (no mirrors involved) training on a Tuesday… As with any team sport, you get so much more along with it… A second family, a new social circle etc

    I realise that I am late to this post and I see from the comments that you did indeed get the gym membership… good for you!

    But if you ever get bored of the £60 fee, there are several Roller Derby teams in and around London that you could join… I’m just saying’ 😉

    • November 13, 2014 / 10:17 am

      Haha, yes unfortunately gym membership does come along with a certain amount of ego but I’m pretty good at blocking it out, or just laughing at it. I enjoy it because I can change what I do each time I go and the fitness classes have the social element involved.

      Although Roller Derby sounds like an insane amount of fun, as one of my best mates pointed out recently ‘you’re like Bambi even on solid ground’, so i think it may be a broken bone waiting to happen!

      I would be interested in joining a sports team at some point though (I played in the Charity Softball League this year and loved it) but for now I’m happy.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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