These days, people are trying to live with less money. They’ve cancelled magazine subscriptions and lost the cable movie channels. Anything that seems like a luxurious extra is getting the boot.
To my surprise, some people are thinking of losing their gym membership to save a few bucks. My opinion may be biased because I’m a fitness professional, but I just don’t get why anyone would think their gym membership is a luxury. For a nominal monthly fee, your gym gives you the opportunity to be in the best shape of your life with state of the art fitness equipment and knowledgeable personnel.
When you are physically fit, you feel better, look better and avoid costly visits to the doctor. Regular exercise has the power to make us feel energized and help us sleep better, two things that allow us to live our lives to their maximum potential. A small of fee of $30 or so a month seems a small price to pay when you consider all of these benefits.
If you are considering trying to save money by canceling your gym membership, perhaps the question you should truly be asking is: How affordable is it to be out of shape? People with lower levels of physical fitness tend to have shorter lifetimes and often find that their capacity to enjoy life is hampered by medical concerns. When you have a gym membership and make the most out of it, you are better able to meet your life goals and are generally better prepared to meet the challenges of everyday living.
Regular attendance at the gym revs up your metabolism and improves your cardiovascular capacity. You have your choice of hundreds of different cardio and weight machines at your disposal and also a full group exercise class schedule, all of which is probably included in your monthly membership fees. A fitness habit also boosts your mental health with the release of plenty of endorphins and positive energy.
There’s no harm in trimming a little fat off of your budget, but think twice before deciding that your gym membership is merely an unnecessary extra. For a small monthly fee, your gym membership opens the door to better physical and mental health through using cardio and weight machines in conjunction with group exercise classes. Your gym membership is a necessity for building a full and meaningful life.