A New Year's Resolution Without a Gym

January 4th, 2009

This is the time of year when everyone rushes out to buy a membership at their local gym. Gyms love January because it's typically the busiest time of the year. This year is unfortunately a bit different from others. With the country facing a recession, people are starting to ask if a gym membership is really necessary to have a successful New Year's Resolution.

No, a gym membership isn't required to lose weight or get into shape. It can definitely help, but if your budget is already tight, paying monthly dues and signing a long term contract isn't affordable.

Instead of focusing on exercise that you can only do in a gym, find a few workouts that you don't need any gym equipment for. Running, biking, jump ropes, push ups, pull ups (you can buy some inexpensive home pull up bars), sit ups and even weight lifting with heavy common household objects.

If there is anyway you can afford to become a member of a gym, I'd highly recommend it. It's not so much that the equipment will give you a better workout, but exercising is a lot easier when you have those machines available. You'll get a wider variety of exercises to choose from. Do you really want to exercise outside in the winter?

You can also delay buying a gym membership. Plenty of people sign up on January 1st and quit their resolutions. You should start exercising without a gym to see if you can even keep it up. There's no point in spending money on something you won't use.

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