Posted by: Stephanie Tuck | January 7, 2012
To Gym or Not To Gym?
photo: Everett Collection Jerry Lewis in “Cinderfella”
Below is my favorite story about the mad rush to join a gym this time of year. It ran in the Wall Street Journal on January 6 and it’s not only humorous, it tells it like it is. Gyms can take some deciphering – they can feel like visiting a foreign country until you get the hang of their respective and unique cultures, and a sense of humor definitely helps. Every January, gym memberships spike as millions of couch potatoes swear that this will be the year for them to get fit. By February, the crowd has usually dissipated.
I am a bit of a gym rat – just can’t shake my Zumba addiction and my love of working out, hard, with great trainers – but hey, the gym may not be for everybody. There are lots of cool ways to work out at home: DVD’s, Wii, podcasts and on. The DailyBurn is a cool digital platform (website, app) that you subscribe to and it sends you personalized workouts every day that are constantly being updated, from yoga to kick boxing to weight training, so you won’t get bored. Or how about this: my building has a treadmill and maybe you have one at home, too – if you like junky TV shows like The Bachelor or any of the Real Housewives shows (FINE, I enjoy them – I am not proud) don’t just sit on the couch and while away the hours feeling superior to the ladies you see on the screen, watch while jogging or walking with an incline. BAM! You’ll get lost in the crazy behavior (“batshit crazy,” is how one friend described the new season on hopefuls on The Bachelor, and I can’t disagree, but I do wonder how “batshit” became a descriptor for levels of psychological health …any ideas anyone?) and the miles will roll away. Best part: you won’t feel like you just lost time you’ll never get back when you savor the details of Kim Kardashian’s fake marriage as you actually did something good for yourself.
But back to the beginning. The WSJ piece below made me laugh so check it out. Happy New Year, everyone. Here’s to a wonderful, happy, fit and love-filled 2012. To read more about gym culture – kind of an interesting topic – check out this and this. xxoo S