I feel like a slug. My energy levels are incredibly low and my brain is foggy. At first, I chalked it up to being a new mom.
But my son isn’t new anymore. I don’t have any excuses — I’m simply not taking care of myself the way I should.
And really, when you get no exercise (chasing /wearing a toddler can only burn so many calories for me), it’s no wonder why I am a blob.
My husband is training for a marathon in May and he’s been encouraging me to start exercising again so that I feel better and be healthier.
We’re checking out gym memberships in the hopes that we’ll go often enough for the fee to be worth it.
I’m nervous about it, though. I don’t like being tied into a contract like many gyms have you do. And even month-to-month memberships have higher costs associated with them. I don’t want us to join a place and then rarely go, you know?
If we do join a gym, we’d want the facility to have good childcare. I’d likely want to go work out during the week, and it won’t be good if I’m constantly worried about Johnny, or if he’s having a rotten time.
As expected, places with decent childcare are more expensive than places without.
I had a free day pass to one facility today. For the three of us, it would cost $119/month and that includes all childcare costs. That’s a bit much, I think, though I was satisfied with their childcare protocol. I didn’t love the facility, though.
Another place in the area would cost $70/month for us, including childcare. I wasn’t impressed with the childcare situation there, though. And the gym itself didn’t seem like a good fit for me.
We’ll be checking out a third possibility later this week. It’s a community rec center and it looks pretty fantastic online. It has a few indoor pools, some water slides and a lazy river-type of thing. It could be fun for all three of us, assuming Johnny lets us put him in the water. He has a strong aversion to baths, so we’ll just have to wait n’ see if he interprets a swimming pool as a really big bathtub.
The rec center has a rather equipped fitness center, too. Since we don’t live in the rec center’s township, we’d have a higher cost than residents. It would be $82.50/month plus childcare, which is $2 per session or $25 for the month with unlimited sessions.
I did look into the nearest YMCA, and I was disappointed at their operational hours: 9-5 M-F. What? Shane would never be able to go. And, it was $100 for that!
I think exercising as a family in the pool, and then Shane and I being able to exercise together while Johnny is in safe hands would be a good thing for us all. It’s just hard to handle that price tag!
I’m not motivated to go for a run outside with a jogging stroller. I’m not sure if I’m motivated to run at all anymore — I was active on the track and cross-country teams in high school and by the end of it, I was rather burned out. But, running outside is free. Of course, sidewalks aren’t extremely clear right now as we still have mounds of snow everywhere. And once they are clear, there’s the weather to contend with, as well as traffic and uneven surfaces.
We also have a Wii with the EA Sports Active game. It actually does put you through a good workout, if you’ll do it. Maybe I ought to play with that some more. I like the game better than just doing a workout DVD, because the game can actually tell if you’re slacking off.
So, those are the options before me.
So readers, please tell me. What motivates you to go to a gym several times per week? How do you make it worth the cost? How much do you pay? How do you exercise and stay motivated to keep going? I need your ideas!