In my opinion, one of the biggest wastes of money is a gym membership. In an economy which is in a bit of a slump and unemployment which is increasing, signing up for a 1-year contract is a bigger commitment than you might initially think. Having worked at a gym when I was in college, I know all too well the number of people who come into the gym eager to exercise, purchasing a $500 annual gym membership without thinking twice. If these same people ended up coming to the gym for the next year consistently, I wouldn’t have much of a case here but the fact is that the majority of people don’t.
The idea of signing up for a gym is based around the idea that you need a gym membership to get fit. This is obviously not true in most cases as many other more affordable or often times free facilities exist. I love being outdoors and am lucky enough to live in a climate where I can be outside 12-months of the year. I would never give up the running trails of my local neighborhood for a treadmill in a dusty gym. Not in a million years.
One of the best things I ever did when I was about 25 years old and looking to get in better shape was to hire a fitness professional . Not only did they motivate me to get out and exercise but they also taught me a book full of exercises to do at home which I have now being doing for over a decade. Even if you hire a personal trainer for just a few sessions in your lifetime, you will be provided with enough fitness wisdom to last you for a long time to come.
Another reason people sign up for a gym membership is because it provides you with access to equipment. But the fact is that much of the equipment you really need to have a great workout is extremely affordable to have at home and take to the park with you. That way, you don’t have to deal with the crowds at the gym and the waiting for equipment. Plus, you will increase your chances of avoiding the common cold as gyms are essentially cess pools for germs.
So the next time you are considering to buy a gym membership, spend some time looking at other options. Rather than signing up for a 1-year membership, perhaps consider a 1-month membership instead or even just a drop-in. Although you’ll pay more per session, you will likely save money over the course of a year.