Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do You Really Need a Gym?

Well, I'm still trying to stay healthy and it's been difficult to do so this week as the little one has got what my girls had last week. An 8 month old is no fun to have around when he's got a fever and needs to be cuddled all day. So, that's what I've been doing, cuddling...

Last night on the Biggest Loser, two teams had access to the gym while the rest of the teams had to workout on their own. They still had the benefit of the trainers though. I started thinking if it was really necessary to have a gym? At the end of the show, one of the teams that was able to use the gym was under the yellow line. It would seem to me that it doesn't matter what kind of exercise you get, as long as you get exercise. In fact, many of the contestants were complaining more this week about being sore and sweating than when they work out in the gym.

I haven't been in a gym for over 15 years! Do I plan on going back to the gym? I'm not sure yet. I'm still satisfied with my maintenance plan, but someday soon have thought about adding weight training. One thing that I am worried about is gaining weight if I do so. I am always close to my goal weight each month and if I gain weight by gaining muscle that would put me over the top.

What would a gym do for me? I would love to have a trainer pushing me, but right now I just don't have the motivation to work out more than I already do. May change in the future, only time will tell.

Stay healthy!!


Beach Bound said...

I enjoy going to the gym because if I get there there's a much better chance that I will actually work out, instead of just sit around and watch TV!

I started lifting (on and off) a couple of years ago, and it makes me feel like a bada$$.

Kate said...

for quite sometime, I really enjoyed going to the gym, it was time "away from everything" and time to myself, but now that I run at home outside, and I love that even more, I still get time to myself, and it doesn't take as much time, being I'm not driving to and from the gym!

Miz said...

for me I like the atmosphere for the WEIGHTS ---the cardio? nah.
I always do it at home.
on my old rickey stationary bike.

new*me said...

no gym for me right now ..........and we don't have one :) in our small town. I think at some point when the kids are all in school it might be fun to join a gym with a friend for something "social" to do :)

Paul said...

My problem with the gym was getting there. It was nice having all the equipment and weights options available.

I've been better off just doing my exercising at home, since there is more of a chance that I'll follow through.

Ron said...

I went to a gym for awhile in the winter time, the problem is, they only have two year contracts and I exercise outside when I can. So, I bought a good treadmill and a good set of adjustable dumbbells, and work out at home... If I could get a gym membership for just the winter months I probably would.. but around here they want 40 dollars a month and want you to pay that for two years.

Dinah Soar said...

It's a shame you must choose between the number on the scale and gaining some muscle.

That is the design flaw in the WW system. Each of us are unique but we must fit a collective parameter.

I guess if money were no issue, it wouldn't matter to us. But for most of us lifetime membership is a draw because it means the end of expensive weekly dues.

When I need WW the most, as in gaining more than 2 pounds above goal, I have to start paying out the wazhoo-- again.

I personally think they need to raise the weight allowance limit. I think they don't because, bottom line, the bottom line must be maintained.

I guess I can't fault them for wanting to make money..but it reminds me..they are a business, and their primary motive is profit. But, I do believe, if they had our interest as well at heart, we could be more than 2 pounds above goal and still not have to pay dues....ten pounds would be more fair in my opinion.

Some people see that as a benefit, as an incentive not to regain. But in my experience the majority do regain and well above 2 pounds. All my leaders did. Those who don't are the exception not the rule.

One of my leaders took a diuretic beofore weigh in because they were on her case because her weight was up, becoming an issue.

This issue is the reason I turned them down when they asked me to consider working for them.

Short of getting your doctor to set your weight number, there is no recourse.

Finally--yes, I know this is long--people are so focused on the number instead of health that they manipulate their loses.

One woman joined who was maybe 40 pounds overweight and I swear she had rocks in her pocket at her initial weigh in because at her next weigh in she lost 18 pounds..we all know no one loses that much fat in one week unless they are morbidly obese.