Actually, I've been a member of several different gyms in the past, but we haven't done this since our first year of marriage, before the sweet kiddos started arriving. He spent a bit of time working out last year, with his rehab specialist (after his cancer treatments) and he just loved it. He felt so good and energetic, but then once he was back to work full time he found it so tough to keep up with his workout schedule that it just slowly stopped happening.
In my case, I was fairly active in university, using the campus gym, stair machines, rock climbing, etc. in addition to swing dancing, and lots of fun, outdoor activities with the youth group I was a leader of and just my very active group of friends. Camping, hiking, biking… so much fun! After I had Abbie, I continued to do a lot of walking with her in the stroller, especially just to get out of the house (and we lived in an area with lots of stuff within walking distance).
It started to really change after Caden's birth, though. With two kids, and no where in particular to go in our new neighborhood (we're more in the suburbs now), I found staying home a much simpler option. Sure, I went for the odd walk and I had my gardening in the spring and summer, but I just couldn't seem to motivate myself beyond that.
I know that I know that I know I need to be exercising. For my health in general. To detoxify my body through sweating. For my PCOS and the blood sugar/insulin issues that I believe are worsening in the last few months. For so many reasons.
So, we did it. We signed up at Gold's Gym, a new gym opening next month, where the hours and price and amenities were right. I did a lot of looking around this last week, checking out different gyms, even wondering whether I could be self-motivated enough to buy a machine to use in the house. In the end, I'm fairly happy with our decision, and will definitely let you know how it goes!
How about you? What does exercise look like for you? How do you fit it into your schedule, especially those of you with little ones or only one family vehicle?