Not going back in the gym

Edwin Wine

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Type 2
My Gym and pool closed and I was faced with a challenge of how to keep excercising. In the gym i was running 6km every day or walking up an incline. 45 min. In addition some mat work and swimming 3 times a week.

In fact it was quite simple. I now walk twice a day about 3.5km each time and follow short excercise routines from two apps. One a stretching app ( morning and night) and the other a programme of activity you can do at home. Images attached. Takes about 20 min a day. In fact I have lost weight, have less back issues and sleep better.

Why spend £100s in the gym every year? Hear are the apps. They are linked to Google Fit which also links to mySugr I use for monitoring.
 

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everydayupsanddowns

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Type 1
Glad you have found a system that works for you @Edwin Wine

I think some people find gyms more appealing when the weather gets colder and wetter over the winter months. Others really value the classes though I never did when I was a member.

I walk twice a day with the dogs, and while I’ve pondered rejoining a gym in recent years, I really don’t have the extra time for it!
 

Lizzzie

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Hello! The reasons I'm not going to join a gym, EVER, are: walking everywhere and always having a project, currently trying to do 4 pull-ups (the number varies dramatically - between 1 and 12, not always sequentially as you can tell because I have breaks) and working towards achieving a hand-stand (so lots of practising that thing that involves trying to keep your hands on the floor and trying to walk your legs up a wall). Free demos available for all sorts of projects online, no apps required
 

ColinUK

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Type 2
My gym membership has been frozen since the start of the COVID times. It's unfreezing tomorrow and I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

I'm not 100% sure what to start with when I'm back in there so will probably just get on a treadmill and a rowing machine for a few sessions before incorporating resistance work again.
 

Edwin Wine

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Type 2
As time goes on I am more certain I will never go back in the Gym. I am still on the programme I outlined above. Just finished the Intermediate stage. E.g 2x 1min 40 sec of Planks etc. For me the Gym fee is a waste of money now.
 

helli

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Type 1
I miss the gym but don’t feel it is an unnecessary luxury/risk and my gym cannot use their air con so it won’t be very comfortable.
I miss the classes but also miss the varied programs. I am conscious of making sure I don’t restrict myself to one program for a long period of time because it will focus on certain muscle groups only.
At the moment, my cardio is mostly on the bike where I have been pushing myself on the Zwift training programs. I also walk to the shops (downhill there and uphill with full bags) so get some resistance training with the weight of a weekly shop.
To avoid “bingo wings”, I hand knead at least one batch of bread each week.
I also miss the climbing centre but as it is impossible to climb without touching the holds and being close to other climbers, I am avoiding there too.
As I work from home (and have been for more than 6 years), I have to consciously make time for movement.
 

ColinUK

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My gym membership unfroze today. I may go over the weekend, which is probably going to be just before we go into lockdown again and it’s frozen once more.
 

Renmer

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At risk of diabetes
I did un-freeze my membership at David Lloyd at the beginning of October. I never thought that I was a "gym type", but at the time, when I joined, I wanted to get fitter. It became like a second home for me and I made several really good friends. I have been out walking with them recently. I love the Dance and Zumba classes and use the machines once a week. Being over 60, I pay £77 each month, but I live on my own and I never go out for meals so it is well worth the money for me.
 

adrian1der

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Type 2
I cancelled my David Lloyd membership at the start of lockdown in March and got myself a Peloton - the membership fee more or less covered he cost. Loving it although not done anything for two weeks after pulling my back. Think I have recovered enough to do a ride this afternoon
 
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