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I’m not an, like, an expert on weather or anything but I’m pretty sure it was about 237 degrees and 800% humidity yesterday. Walking outside felt like walking directly into Mother Nature’s armpit right in the middle of one of those horrible sounding hot yoga classes.

It was hot, is what I am saying.

I was all prepared to go on a walk or a bike ride and then walked outside and with a quick “NOPE” headed right to my car to go to the lovely air conditioned YMCA. When the kids realized I was going to the Y, they grabbed their shoes and demanded to come with me so they could play in the child care center. I ended up getting in a workout, my husband got the house to himself for an hour and the kids got to play with someone else’s toys—a total family win.

In general, I prefer to exercise outside. Swimming laps in an outdoor pool or lake makes me deeply happy and hiking is one of my favorite things to do, but when the weather is terrible I am always glad to have a gym membership.

If you don’t have a gym membership and are thinking about getting one, here are a couple of things to consider before signing up:

Do they have childcare available? During hours you’d use it?

If you are a class person, do they have a wide range of choices (Yay for aqua boot camp!)

Do you have to sign a year contract or can you go month to month?

Is it close to your home or work? Somewhere you’ll be able to get to in 10 minutes or less?

Is the overall vibe family friendly? This is why I love the YMCA. We do swim lessons there and they have fun classes for the kids.

It is slightly less sticky today but I think I am going to go shake what my mama gave me in Zumba class tonight rather than slog through my planned run.

Are you a gym person or an outside person when it comes to exercise?



by on Jul. 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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Neither.... I get my exercise by shopping! LOL! 

hmmm maybe that is an indoor person.

by Gold Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

 It is really nice. My husband found it used for pretty cheap. Unfortunatly it is in the corner of outr bedroom and takes up a lot of room, but we make it work. If we shove it up against the wall I can actually get around to my side of the bed, lol

Quoting outer.banks:

I've always wanted a bowflex. LOL

Quoting othermom:


Quoting mrswillie: I am the same way. What equipment do you have? I have a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike.
Quoting othermom:

Outside or on equipment at home

 we have a treamill that is currently not working, trying to get my husband to fix it. Then we have a bowflex home gym. I prefer to use the treadmill since it is in the living room and i can watch tv while using it and can keep an eye on the kids, the bowflex is in our bedroom


by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Inside! We have a room with equipment in it. I have a eliptical and a treadmill, hubby has a weight bench and a stationary bike.

by on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

 Totally an outside person. If I do exercise indoors it's usually with a Wii game lol.

by New Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM
I like to walk. This way dd can come too and so can the dog if it isn't too hot out (he gets over heated fast) I would get a gym membership but I don't always have someone to watch dd and my local gym doesn't have a day care center. When she starts preschool and it gets cold out I may join the gym.
by Bronze Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM
by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I prefer to work out at home. In late fall/winter the weather is okay to work out outside though so I'll do that.

by Silver Member on Aug. 14, 2014 at 12:17 AM
I'm an inside person when it comes to exercise. I use exercise dvd's. Awesome! I can do them anytime.
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