This morning, I was catching up on an episode of the Biggest Loser (episode 7, for those of you who follow along), wherein some of the contestants lost the use of the gym for a week and had to make do without it. Bob and Jillian threw a hissy fit when that happened, talking all about how the gym was an integral part of getting in shape. In the end, they resorted to shoulder pressing lawn furniture, and they all seemed to lose a decent amount of weight that week (no spoilers from me about whether they won or not). However, for the second time this season, I was shocked at the reactions of the people on the show. I understand that you are trying to lose weight, but the gym is NOT the only way to do that!
Fortuitously, Fit Bottomed Mamas posted an article today on how to turn your everyday chores into calorie burners. I didn’t think they were the best tips (how many people are in your house/what kind of clothes do you wear that would require an hour of ironing to burn just 156 calories?), but I really liked the spirit of the article. There are truly many, many ways you can get a decent workout in without having a gym, which is part of why I thought it was so ridiculous that Bob and Jillian were upset about not having gym access. If I can figure out how to do bicep curls with the lamps in your hotel room, surely Bob and Jillian can come up with some even better ideas. And since this is a running blog, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that you can get cardio in pretty much anywhere, anytime – either by running in circles or even doing something like jumping jacks in your living room. I feel like I’ve been harping on this a lot lately, but it’s something I absolutely believe in and think everyone needs to understand: if you truly want to get in shape, there is really no excuse for not doing so.
Now, while we’re on the subject, I’d love to solicit a bit of advice from you all. With all the travel I’ve been doing as of late (both for work and for pleasure), I’m only home about 6-8 days/month. Furthermore, those days are typically on weekends, when I’ve already gotten in my strength training for the week and I would mostly only do cardio anyway. Given that my gym is $79/month and a day pass is only $15, I’d likely be better off canceling my membership and just getting day passes whenever I do want to use it. Plus, not being committed to one gym would allow me to get day passes to other nearby gyms (Equinox, New York Sports Club, Reebok Sports Club) and try the classes there, if I were ambitious enough to leave my building instead of being lazy. However, the downside is that I’m pretty frugal, so I worry that if I knew I had to pay $15 for the privilege of using the gym, I wouldn’t use it nearly as much (even though I’d be spending less than the prepaid option).