Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Here Come the New Years Resolutioners

As December drew to a close, I enjoyed the peace and quiet at the gym. I was tempted to do what everyone else was doing, which was basically THIS:



But how could I when the gym looked like a ghost town?



It's the perfect chance to get a parking space close to the front. You know, to save steps before going inside and walking three miles...



If you're into gym equipment, you don't have to wait in line for a treadmill. The cardio room looks like this:



Then comes January 1st. The first day you pull into a gym parking lot in early January, you see the difference.



Of course, I've done this before. I know these people have maybe two months in them before they're back to this:



But somehow, the "resolutioners" are all the more annoying because of that. I mean, I know I'll still be there in July. Yet I have to deal with this for a couple of months every year.



Have you ever joined a gym in January? Did you stick with it?

67 comments:

  1. I've be n going to the gym for over fifteen years and I know that sac lay what you mean. Most don"t last. It is nice to see some sort ick it our and action actually get in shape.

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    1. I did slow down a little at Christmas, but I seem to have become one of the "regulars" since last summer. I'm sure they're wondering why it's not working yet, but at my age, it's definitely more about what you eat (and don't) than how much exercise you get.

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  2. I do make resolutions in January, but prefer Sept with the start of the school year. I do't belong to a gym. I may have joined one in Jan once...

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    1. Now that I think about it, I've always joined either in the summertime or in the fall! I've never joined a gym in January.

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  3. Yes. No. I've thrown away too much money on gym memberships in the past. Pay for a year and use it for a month? I've learned it doesn't work for me. The last few years, my New Year's resolution has been not to make one. A lifetime of experience has taught me to just go with the flow. One day at a time. Be healthy for today. Eat better for today. Walk and enjoy the sunshine or the rain...

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    1. I think you have to take it one day at a time, definitely. And a gym is a pretty big commitment. It's not like deciding to go outside and walk on a given day. For some people, having that membership forces them to use it but for many others, it just ends up being a waste of money.

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  4. Hi Stephanie - it is definitely not my favourite ... I used to play squash all the time ... but never enjoyed gym work .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I just use the walking track. Here in Nashville, it's 100 degrees five months out of the year, or so it seems! Plus, I think I've watched too many Dateline episodes...I don't feel safe walking outdoors alone anymore.

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  5. Not a gym studio fan; it's a waste of time, money, and you catch some nasty germs there.
    I've got some exercising accessoriesat at home, and I'm engaged in walking. That does it for me.

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    1. I could see that! I spend 100% of my time there on the walking track, so germs are minimized. Unless someone coughs while walking past me... I suppose that could happen! I had a treadmill for a while but it broke...and even when I had it, I had to play a game on my phone or I'd get bored. On a track, I seem to get in a zone and be able to enjoy listening to podcasts/audiobooks and forget where I am!

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  6. We go to our local YMCA, and we've been going for over three years. I notice the same thing about the first month and a half of the year. (After Valentines Day, the crowd thins out again!) I dislike not being able to get on my favorite machine where I get to watch my kid during his swim lessons in the pool below as I workout.

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    1. The walking track I use at our Y is above the pool, so I always get to watch people swim. I've been avoiding anything before noon since January 1st. I made the mistake of going in the morning a couple of times and couldn't find a parking space. Sundays are tough--I went at 2 this past Sunday and no parking spaces. I wasn't sure if it was okay to park in the church parking lot (as people do during the week) since it was a Sunday... The worst part in January are the classes...they'll have three classes going at once and the treadmills are all full, so of course all the parking spaces are taken.

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  7. Thankfully, I have a treadmill at home, so I don't have to go to the gym. The bad part is it's in my office. :( I've tried to make the best of it by using the magazine holder as a laptop holder and working while I walk.

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    1. Does that work? My treadmill dies suddenly while you're walking. It was too dangerous, so I just joined a gym. It's good for me to get out of the house, I guess! But I've seen those treadmill desks and wondered if I'd use one...

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  8. I joined a gym years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it but could't afford to continue with it.

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    1. Tell me about it--the Y is RIDICULOUS. Now there are pay as you go gyms that charge only $10 a month. Planet Fitness is one, I think? VERY bare bones, just rows of equipment and no classes, but very affordable if equipment is all you need. Still...seems for $10 a month, you could just pay on a treadmill and you'd have it paid off in a couple of years!

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  9. It's already tapered back to nearly normal at my gym, thank goodness! I dread every January because of this.

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    1. I can't tell if it has at mine or not. Last weekend was CRAZY...but during the week I go around 12-1pm...and that's when everyone's at work. It's hard to measure the difference when you're going at a time that's dead anyway!

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  10. I want to join, but am not sure I can afford to. I like to get out so working out at home is a trigger to me.

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    1. Definitely...I think Planet Fitness is only $9 a month? No commitment? Check into it. It's just equipment, but that's probably all you need.

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    2. Unfortunately, they don't exist in my neck of the woods :(

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  11. I stopped making resolutions years ago, because I only stuck with it about 2 weeks!😁

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    1. It does seem to become a setup for failure.

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  12. guilty as charged in the past. And I'm still contemplating joining something this year....so I'll be in your way in February or so - ha! Good for you - could you walk an extra mile on the treadmill for me? Thanks

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    1. Sure! I'll do a few more rounds on the track for you. Yeah, by late February/early March, the crowds will be gone. They usually pick up just ahead of summer for prom season/vacations/weddings, then die again. Although the Y stays busy in the summer, too, because of the pools!

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  13. I don't know if I've ever joined a gym in January. I usually wait until early summer or late fall when it's not so busy and intimidating.

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    1. It can be a bit intimidating in January. Late fall is SO empty, you can have the space to work out without people all around.

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  14. I joined a gym after promising myself I'd never join another gym. I've not been to Yoga class in almost a year now and I feel horrible. Yet, for some reason, I've not carried myself there to cancel my membership once I found out I had to do it in person.

    Oh well!!

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    1. Yeah, and they'll no doubt give you a sales pitch to try to keep you when you go!

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    2. It's like trying to quit AOL. :D

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  15. I got a laugh out of your take on gyms. This was so cleverly written and illustrated.

    Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week. I've seen you at Sandra's blog and now glad to visit you at yours.

    BTW, I've never joined a gym, because I get enough exercise chasing after two cats (grin).

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    1. Thank you! Yes, my dog has me running around plenty, too!

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  16. Hi Stephanie! My husband and I both belong to a gym, and let me tell you, we've had the same experience. January and February are so crowded! I'm glad they made a commitment to health, but they are rarely around in a few months.
    We'll just have to put up with it for a few more weeks. Then, we can jump on any treadmill we want!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Having the freedom to go any time of day helps. I learned if I go before noon, it's SO crowded, so I just wait until after to go!

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  17. I belonged to a gym years ago. I don't remember January. We now have a treadmill in our basement, so I prefer to huff and puff and sweat down there. I guess I'd better dust it off, and get walking. My body is in dire need of a workout.

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    1. I used to get some of my best reading done on my treadmill.

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  18. I've never joined a gym. Considered, but I always opt to just walk around town. It has the added benefit of Pokemon Go now and that helps motivate me to keep walking.

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    1. I was wondering if Pokemon Go was still going on!

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  19. Oh wow. I've never gone for resolutions, so I can't say I've failed to continue them. And the gym thing... I should join a gym, but I don't see it happening any time soon. Definitely not in January.

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    1. I'd recommend anyone avoid starting out in January. It's always going to be somewhat busy at certain times (early morning, after-work, and Saturdays, mostly), but January those times are unbearable.

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  20. I'm probably the only person in the world who hasn't joined a gym......
    Kudos to you for hanging tough.

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    1. I just go for the walking track. I don't lift weights or anything! I can't walk outside because everywhere I've ever lived, there are stray dogs running around. (Plus, I've heard a few too many stories of people being abducted/killed while walking/running outside alone--usually I'm hearing those stories WHILE walking!)

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  21. Ha, funny. I was a regular gym attendee in college when it was close by on campus. I'm a convenience gal though. So I go walking around my neighborhood, lift weights, etc. at the house these days. I imagine you would feel bombarded at the gym in January, lol.

    http://emilyanngirdner.com/blog/

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    1. Yes, working out at home is THE best way to avoid the crowds!

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  22. I joined a gym many years ago and stuck to it for about two years. These days I prefer a nice gently Pilates class, but even that was hard after a three-week Christmas break. I’m back to enjoying it now and having stuck at it for 18 months I intend to get past the two-year barrier! Happy New Year, Barbara

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  23. I'm a member of the local leisure centre with my wife - very occasionally use the pool but that's it. Luckily it doesn't cost. Things can seem like a big effort in January so probably not the best month to start!

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  24. This was funny! I used to be a regular gym member and remember how crazy it got in January. It never lasted long. A move and work schedule change, and I no longer go to the gym - which is okay with me as I never really liked it. I much prefer either doing yoga at home or getting outdoors. I need to do more, but won't likely be back in a gym anytime soon.

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  25. I've thought about joining a gym (not just in January) but since I exercise regularly at home, figure I can use the membership money elsewhere. Loved the pics - they really do tell an interesting story! :)

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  26. I've never joined a gym, but in the past several years I've found the perfect motivation for exercise: if I don't, I won't fall asleep. Since I'm not willing to take medicine for sleeping (other than the occasional melatonin), I get my hour of cardio pretty much every day.

    Excellent gifs!

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  27. I hate that, too. New Year's resolutions never made sense to me, but I'm a child of nature more than the calendar. I actually did join my YMCA in the month of January 2015 but only because they were waiving the joiner fee. ~grin~ Happy exercising!

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  28. Your post is so funny! I've never joined a gym, always thought I could accomplish just as much if I put in the effort to exercise at home. Of course that doesn't mean I've exercised at home either… lol.

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  29. I've not joined a gym in January before but I have embarked on a fitness schedule at home which I've been able to keep to, though that's become seriously slack over the last few years. I picked things I liked, like dance workouts as they were less scary to look forward to and working out at home meant I wasn't worrying about other people too, but this post made me laugh - love the photo of the escalators going up to the gym entrance and the Home Alone reference - that's definitely me :D - Tasha

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  30. I've never joined a gym. I'm just far too self-conscious but I have a treadmill here at home — that is enough gym for me. hehe Good luck!

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  31. Hahaha! This is SO true!! We have a home gym and I still don't work out! lol

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  32. Hi. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I belonged to a gym for several months many years ago and really enjoyed it. But I was gone a great deal so I finally quit. Now I am happy if I can walk my dogs five times a week. Happens when you get old.

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  33. It is difficult to keep up our resolution in maintaining the fitness of our body in New Year. Many times i have started and left in middle. But this time i have kept my mind in control and started my fitness plan and still i am in the track. I am happy to say that:)

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  34. Yep, I've done it... LOL... I was one of those annoying people...But, after having been sick for a year, I am thinking the gym may be just the thing for me. That way if I fall there will be somebody there to pick me up, :-) Now in my younger day, I was there 6 days a week and never gave up. Ahh age will do that to us. I see that you are a childrens' book author... I am gonna check your books out for my grandchildren, they love to read. That makes me very happy.

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  35. GREAT POST! - Nope, never joined a gym - although, it might be a good idea . . . I walk with my pyrenees pupster a couple times a day . . it helps.

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  36. I've never joined a gym. I like to walk each day, when weather permits. I also work with light weights and have a video with exercise for endurance, strength, and balance. Now if I'd just make a schedule and to it.

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  37. I do have a gym pass, but use my yoga pass much more regularly. You are right! In December, my yoga studio looked like the ghost town that you portrayed. In the beginning of January, yoga was packed full...but is now beginning to dwindle a bit again. Funny thing about New Year's resolutions and good intentions!

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  38. This is so true!!! It has happened at the gym I'm going to! Well, I hope they get their monies worth! LOL!

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  39. I joined before but that wasn't January. LOL.
    Hey, this is so true. They conducted a study and people really are so eager to get fit on January but eventually stops.

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