Monday, August 24, 2009
Okay, so I was out today for a bike ride, first time in a long time, and as I neared the end of my ride, I started thinking about it. I love exercising outside, in the fresh air. Some of my favourite things about it are: Fresh air; listening to the birds; the challenge of the terrain whether it be hills on the road or rocky and dirty hills on a trail; getting wet in the rain; interacting with folks and friendly animals I meet along the way. Some of the things I don't like about it are: Breathing in the exhaust fumes and other people's cigarette smoke; people being rude to me (my friend and I were actually propositioned by a very stoned fellow on a run a few months ago) ; dealing with traffic; getting caught in a lightning storm; interacting with vicious dogs chasing me down the road(I was chased on my bike once, and on another occasion my running buddy and I were chased by a doberman pinscher! very scary).
Despite all of those things I dislike, I will never get a gym membership I think, because for me the pros far outweigh the cons, and since I have invested a fair amount of money in equipment I use in my own neighbourhood, I can't justify spending more money on a gym membership! I own a bike, roller blades (all the protective gear too, including my bike helmet, running shoes, a pool, a borrowed indoor bike, Wiifit and an Xbox fitness program, hand weights, flexibility ball, resistance bands, a yoga mat, medicine ball, a great big concrete pad in my back yard, a mini trampouline. I think that's everything! I always have access to something to be active, and I don't need to spend more money each month to be a gym member. Also, in my community I have access to tennis courts, basketball courts, an indoor walking track, a skating rink in the winter, many different walking trails. I feel so incredible blessed by all of these opportunities in my own "backyard". One day however, I might just invest in a couple of sessions with a personal trainer, but I am thinking that I get that kind of support right here at Sparkpeople! Anyway, enough rambling, I just wanted to share with every one how I have gotten set up with fitness opportunities I enjoy without joining a gym, and by making good use of my resources in my community.