I fell into the trap once. It’s so easy to do.
I get it: you make up your mind. You’re getting into shape, darn it! You’ll sign up for a gym membership. That way, you’ll be able to hold yourself accountable just in case you’re maybe possibly not feeling all that motivated to go one day. At first, you’re the most motivated person in the world! Then, weeks and months go by, and you’ve lost your fire. But you don’t want to give up the membership because then you really won’t go and get into shape.
Then, you lose your money.
Another example, my mom just bought herself a new elliptical. It sits prettily out in our living room. It’s practically the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. It’s wonderful.
But she’s only used it once! But it was only (insert amount) dollars! She tries, but I’m certainly not fooled because guess what!
No matter how much you spend, if you don’t use it, you’ve wasted your money. It could have only been $5. But if she doesn’t use it, she’s out five bucks. It’s simple!
Coming back home, I gave up on any idea I had of joining a gym. I’ve already been through it all. I get so motivated and then I just drop everything and don’t care anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong – if you’re the type of person who is religious about going to the gym, that’s awesome! Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ as we all look on in admiration and wonder at your willpower!
Recently, I’ve been spending more time outside, trying to get exercise by walking extra and just moving my body. Just the other day, I went for a little jog on the boardwalk at the beach, which actually turned into only a walk as my leggings kept falling down (don’t you just hate that!). But regardless, I got my exercise and felt happy to have had lovely surroundings that may or may not have been replete with some attractive surfer boys.
But truthfully, exercise is something that we can either spend a lot or a little on, depending on our preferences. I like to think of it as a matter of creativity. Of course you can go to the latest craze of rave-like spin sessions and underwater yoga classes, but your wallet might not be thanking you all that much. Instead, why not switch up your routine a little bit. If you’re tired of your morning jogs, maybe scope out a new hiking trail near you. Make like a mermaid and go for a swim. Go with a friend or significant other. Go with your dog. Just move that body! You’ll feel wonderful!
But, shhh. Don’t let your body know that you did it all for free! (I promise, it won’t know the difference!)
And, oh, how could I ever forget about my mom’s abandoned elliptical? Even though she may have impulsively spent that money on herself, that’s not to say that I haven’t been getting some good use out of it! Happy early Christmas to me, I suppose!