Monday, 30 August 2010

Home? Gym? Walk? Swim?

Megan over at Writing Out Loud recently posted about what exercise she does at home.

I'll be honest, I do belong to a "gym".

It is a small and dusty back room, down the hill, at our local footy club. The club has a hall, overlooking a very lovely oval. The hall is used for ping pong and scouts. And at the back, tacked onto the end of the hall,  is the "studio".

The studio contains an elliptical cross trainer thing, a stationary bike, a solitary treadmill, a few benches and a couple of sets of weights. There is a boxing bag hung from the roof, and a boom box in the corner. There is a weird looking rowing machine thingo too, which I am nervous about getting strapped into.

I do more at home or on the streets than I ever do in the "gym".

But the weekly connection with the "gym" (and the scales, should I ever chose to get on them again.) is good for me. I work harder when I have paid for it. I pay $10 a week to use the "gym". This gets me an hour on all the machines and the "luxury" of someone shouting at me to work a little bit harder, and to lift a little bit heavier.

$10 well spent, I would suggest? (Especially when I look at my lovely lady arms.........)

So when I tell you I am off to the gym, please do not envisage me lycra'd up, in some mirrored high tech health club?

Think of me doing anything active, because something is better than nothing, every single time.

Tell me, home? Gym? Walking? Swimming? How do you exercise?


  1. I used to go to a gym but stopped after my son was born. I eventually cancelled the membership in fear, thinking that it would be too hard to work out well at home. Well, now I love working out at home! I'm actually doing it, and I don't have to worry about what I'm wearing. I do Jillian Michael's 20 minute workouts 2-3 mornings a week before work. Then, on the weekend, I do about an hour of fun Wii fit aerobics and yoga or Wii tennis.

  2. I actually do belong to a gym.. my local YMCA.. and while I wish I went as often as I should, I am keeping it just for the Zumba classes. I am addicted to those classes and they leave me wanting more, and keep my ADHD brain from getting bored because they change it up every few weeks.

    I can't seem to workout at home for long period of times because I know that my comfy bed (or couch behind me)is only a few steps away..

  3. I like working out at home.

  4. I love your gym!! It does the business, right? I would love to find a gym like that near home, rather than the razzle dazzle fitness first.

    I have some boxing equipment at home that I throw a few punches at here and there. But mostly I go for a run or a bike ride on my shiny new bike.

    I don't exercise with the routine and regularity that I need to, though. My terror of routine is a real bugbear for that...

  5. PS - I finally cracked under all your fantastic advice and am adding you to my blogroll. I need to visit you as regularly as I can!!! x

  6. At home, Wii Active (the original and the sequel) using a blue resistance band - six days a week. Wii fit sometimes, Wii boxing sometimes. What can I say - I love my Wii.

    I walk a lot, but that's for fun and relaxation I don't count it as real exercise.

  7. I used to go to a ladies only gym but I prefer to work out at home. I walk alot and have just started going bike riding as well.

  8. I have a treadmill in my garage that I've finally started using again. I also have been accompanying my husband when he practices his archery, it's a cross country course about 2 miles long. :)

  9. I've been walking. On the days that I don't get out to walk, I've been trying to do 20-30 mins on the step using the Wii Fit. Not sure if it's as beneficial as out there walking though? I've been thinking about getting an exercise bike too, nothing fancy. Just something to use on rainy days, etc.

    I'd really like to join up at the gym but Manchild doesn't want me to sign any contracts, which is understandable plus all the gyms around here are the commercial ones that charge you ridiculous amount. Fernwood, for example. $80-100/month. Eeek!

  10. For me it's the footpath ( well, around here the dirt track) the iPod and my running feet.

    Also meditation classes with a friend. The Meditation is pay as you go $12 each time.

    That's it for me, apart from the 3 x a week weights I do moving huge pieces of outdoor equipment and kinder.

    I like the quiet the running gives me the most. :)

  11. Lately I've been doing some Zumba, pavement pounding and treadmill. It's going to be treadmill for the next three months, because I've paid for the hire!

  12. Outdoors. Definitely outdoors. I don't enjoy the indoor exercise.

  13. Thanks for the shout out!

    Whatever works for you is perfect. It sounds like a great arrangement you have!


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