Should I Join a Gym?
May 28, 2014 7:32 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to exercise more, mostly for reasons like getting my appetite up and sleeping better -- I don't have any "fitness goals," this is more about making exercise part of my routine. In the past, I would just go running outside, but I've never kept up with it well and summer in DC is not the best time for running outside (swampy, "code red" days, etc). Should I try to commit to running outside and doing my usual "weight baring" exercises at home, or should I join a gym?
posted by rue72 to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Either way, any recommendations on a (similarly low key, not-goal-oriented) exercise regime? I'm generally in pretty good shape because of a lot of years of being fairly active, but I've barely exercised for months. Weight and health problems that could come up w/r/t exercise aren't an issue.
If I should join a gym, any recommendations on which to join? I'm in Alexandria, VA, and I want to be able to drive easily to the place and park right in front of it, so that I'm more likely to go. Money is also an issue (I need this to be less than $50/mo, and the lower the cost the better). I also want to be able to just go and do my thing wherever I work out, I don't want it to be a social commitment or have a meat-market or macho feel at all. So, very low key would be best.
If you recommend joining a gym, what's the etiquette for working out in one? Any particular things I should bring (or not bring), wear (or not wear), do (or not do)?