Getting Back Into Exercise…Do I Join A Gym or Not?

Getting Back Into Exercise…Do I Join A Gym or Not?

I really need to start doing some exercise, I literally do nothing right now. Apart from the odd walk in the woods at the weekends, I don’t do anything else. Which I know is really bad, but until now I’ve had both or one of the girls home with me and exercise was just not a priority for me. I was never going to be a mum that put their child in the gym crèche while I exercised.

Why? Because I’m lazy and I would much rather be sat in the coffee shop, eating Victoria sponge with my girls.

I also found that when I was breast feeding and running around after 2 young children, my weight was easy to maintain. But more recently I’ve put on weight and apart from when I had my girls, I am the biggest I’ve ever been. I mean I know that I am not massive, but when you’re used to being a certain size it can affect how you feel about yourself. Plus my clothes feel tighter and I can’t afford a new wardrobe!

I’m also trying to be kinder to myself and looking after my mental health more. I know that I’m not mentally happy with the way I look, and for that reason alone I should do something about it. As if nothing else, my mental health is important. If I feel happier in the way I look, then that will also affect my confidence, in a lot of areas.

The question is how how do I introduce exercise back into my life. When I single I used to be a member of a gym, and looking back now I would definitely say that the reason I went was to have something to do. When you are single, and you finish work the thought of going home to an empty flat night after night, can be very boring. I would go to the gym to fill my time and it was also company, in a weird way. You would get to see the same people, and say hello to them. And you never know when the man of your dreams was going to walk in! That never happened….not once! Which to be honest is probably a good thing, because the red face, sweaty look is not my best look!!!!!!!!!!

My reasons for going to the gym back then were very different and the actual exercise, wasn’t really the reason.

I now find myself in a position where I work for myself at home, which means that I could go to the gym during the day and fit it around my job. But will I go? I like to think I would, I don’t like to waste money and knowing I’ve paid for it will drive me to go.

But, then my anxiety kicks in and the thought of going and not knowing where all the machines are, how they work and just feeling out of my depth, scares me. I’m sure I can work them out, but just the thought of going makes me sick to my stomach.

The other option is to exercise at home, but then I have to try not to get distracted. There is always work I could be doing, housework that needs to be done. I would have to discipline myself not to push it to the bottom of the list.

So, at the moment I’m looking at my options, I might try working out at home and seeing how I get on. I also don’t want to be one of the January cliche people, who join a gym and have stopped going by Easter.

I will let you know what I decide to do…


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  1. 16/01/2019 / 08:59

    It’s such a tough decision because so many of us join the gym with good intentions and it quickly becomes a waste of money. I’ve been really enjoying doing exercise videos in the morning with my girls 🙂

  2. 16/01/2019 / 10:05

    Ahh it’s a difficult one isn’t it? I have tried many different ways to exercise over the years and have always settled on sports that I love rather than exercising for the sake of it. At the moment it’s running and swimming for me because they are easy to fit into my life and I’m enjoying them. I know a lot of people find that doing an exercise class while the children are in school can be great both in terms of exercise and socially, that may be another option either at the gym you join or instead of joining a gym.

  3. 16/01/2019 / 10:51

    Gyms never appeal to me, I am to self conscious to go and know that I can’t work those machines the way everyone else can, I would be brisk walking on the treadmill and taking it easier on the bikes and rowing machines and I would feel too many people would judge me for not using the gym equipment for what it should be used for. I would love to take some exercise classes but I’m in the same predicament there, I feel everyone knows what they are doing and would keep up a lot better than I could – I am at a loss of what to do too, I know I need to do something but no idea what.

    I’ll keep an eye on your blog to see if you have any other magic fixes – if only they existed!

  4. 16/01/2019 / 14:32

    Personally I love working out at home because you can work out how and when you want to and don’t have to deal with knowing what machines to use…so many great fitness channels out there on youtube to take advantage of! Good luck with whatever you decide to do 🙂

  5. 16/01/2019 / 17:15

    I’m a big fan of home workouts and running. I don’t like people seeing me sweaty and red in the face, or working out how all the machines work! Exercise is a solitary thing for me, to clear my head, as well as keep fit. Good luck with whatever you decide

  6. 17/01/2019 / 07:49

    I am toying with the option of joining a gym, but I would rather not – I am trying to walk more at the moment

  7. 18/01/2019 / 08:04

    I decided not to join this year! I never went! Doing lots of walks instead. x

  8. 18/01/2019 / 19:07

    I really want to do more exercise. But I know that if I join the gym I’ll more than likely go a couple of times and then just stop. So it would definitely be a waste of money for me. I’m actually considering starting back at dance instead as I’m more likely to stick at that 🙂

    Louise x