So, you were interested in getting into shape, and the first thing you needed was a gym membership – right? At first it was most likely worth it for you, you were devoted to visiting the gym every other day. Then life happens, you have work to go to, doctor’s appointments, social gatherings, you get sick, etc. One week comes along, and you decide to skip the gym for a day, you just have too much going on. The same thing happens next week, and the week after that. Next thing you know, you are only going to the gym once a week – if even that! Here are five reasons why you should cancel your gym membership. But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get those workouts you desire!
1: The cost – Obviously the cost is the number one reason why you should cancel your membership. The average gym costs $40 – $50 a month. That’s around $500 to $600 a year! That doesn’t even include the pricey fee to join the gym in the first place. If you aren’t like most of us and just have an extra $500 laying around I guess you can keep your gym membership. Otherwise, you should probably cancel it this month!
2: The Social Environment – Many people go to the gym just for the social interactions with the other gym-goers. This can be beneficial at some gyms; however, some have a toxic environment. Some gyms simply don’t have a community feel, and everyone is just there to work out and leave. Even though that is the main purpose of a gym, you still need some sort of social interaction. Whether its getting someone to spot you, doing a group fitness class, or even just getting some advice on your current workout routine. If a gym doesn’t offer these, then why waste money paying for this community when you can get the same workout experience in your own home.
3: Overcrowded – While you do you a social gym, you don’t want a gym that is too crowded. You are there to workout, not wait around for a turn using the piece of equipment you would like to use. Depending on your schedule and when you go to the gym, sometimes this just cant be avoided. For example, if you are only able to visit from 7:00 – 8:00 pm every night and that is their busiest hour, you are just going to be standing around and not getting any exercise done. So, while you may think you want to be a member of an active gym, being a member of a too active gym is not worth it.
4: Time Consuming – Workouts do take time. However, when going to a public gym there are lots of factors that add time to the whole process. First is the location of the gym – how far is it from your house? A long commute can really take up some time out of your daily schedule. Some other things you need to consider are changing, showers, and wait time for the equipment you want to use. Your plan for a one-hour workout, can turn into over a two-hour experience from just a few hold ups. Nowadays, many people simply don’t have the luxury of spending that much time at a gym.
5: You can Start Your Own Home Gym – Even though you cannot realistically buy every piece of gym equipment for your home, you can still get a worthwhile workout without having to go to the gym. You don’t need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on complex pieces of equipment. There are just a few basic pieces you need to start your own home gym, and you can purchase additional ones based on your routine and desired results. There are also tons of workouts you can perform that don’t require any additional equipment.
Even though there are tons of reasons to not be a member of a gym, in the end it still is your decision. While being a member isn’t for everyone, you may be an exception. Let us know if you plan on keeping or cancelling your gym membership in the comments below.