Reasons to Cancel Your Gym Membership

Money Saved. According to Statistic Brain, the average cost of a gym membership is $58 a month. That seems reasonable at first, but the average gym member only goes to the gym 8 times out of the month. That means that, on average, $39 of the monthly cost goes unused. Annually, that’s $468. Some of the higher-end gyms average about $100 a month for their memberships. So, on average, $800 per year is going down the drain. You can workout for free and save that extra money to show off that sexy body on a tropical island!gym-card

Scenery Change. The world is a large, fun and dynamic place. Going to the same gym, seeing the same-colored walls and the same people day after day might not do anything for you. Your home may not change as often, but, most likely, you like the decor, and you can open your blinds and windows wide and get fresh air. If you exercise outside, every day is a new experience. The weather is always different, and there are always new sounds to experience and places to explore. When you connect with nature, you’ll feel less stressed and more in tune with your body. And that’s what fitness is all about — learning about and improving your body.

Freedom of Choice. Whether you’re new to fitness or just don’t have the motivation yet, personal trainers can be a huge asset for you to reach your health goals. However, the downside is that they are in control of you for that allotted time slot. If they tell you to curl, you curl. If they tell you to sprint on the treadmill, you sprint. Sometimes you don’t want to and they “motivate” you do it anyway. That’s not fair to you. If you don’t want to do arms today, or your legs are still tired from yesterday, you shouldn’t have to work on them. Not all personal trainers are militant, but it is their job to tell you what to do. Working out on your own gives you freedom to exercise any part of your body whenever you want. You know your body best, so you should be in control of what you do.

Germs. The gym is a breeding ground for germs. No windows. People coughing and sneezing while you breathe recycled air. Gyms provide towels, but people don’t seem to utilize them correctly. Some people use the towels they wipe their sweaty bodies with to also wipe the stations down when their finished. That doesn’t really help. Exercising outside or at home, it’s just you and your sweat and your germs. Embrace your own germs and sweat, not other people’s!

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