If you’re like me, you probably just heard cash registers ringing up huge bills in your ears. Yes, fitness equipment is not cheap. But hear me out. There are a few good reasons to buy your own stuff.
First off, you may or may not be able to get to the gym all the time. A lot of people–stay-at-home moms like myself, for instance–don’t have the time or finances to pay for club memberships, and it can be quite depressing to look at yourself in the mirror every day wondering how you’re going to fight the battle of the bulge when your money is going elsewhere and you’re gym doesn’t stay open 24 hours a day. And if you haven’t noticed yet, there are a lot of online fitness channels starting to take notice, which have monthly fees that are easier to swallow than the daily price of a studio class. Yet, many of these classes recommend, or even require, some (usually small) equipment.
Second, why not invest in the workouts you love most? Get a TRX or a couple kettlebells if you plan on making them a regular part of your weekly regimen. Buy good quality equipment and take care of it so that it lasts a long time. Some brands of, say for example, yoga mats are said to last a lifetime if they’re properly maintained (i.e. cleaned and stored).
Third, think about germs. I personally am not a germophobe but I know many people are. When you utilize the equipment that is out for general use, it may or may not be cleaned. I’m particularly thinking of mats here. Facilities are required to clean their machines but a good many times cleaning aerobics equipments falls upon the student, who may just be in a fired up hurry that day. Plus, when they get used a lot, even if cleaned, mats can really begin to smell.
Last, freedom of choice is valuable. Let’s face it: life happens and it may derail any getting to the gym one day or week, so having something at home as a supplemental backup plan can really save us from a sudden case of gym woes. As most of us believe, I think, something is better than nothing.
What about the money? I said it up top–it is expensive to invest in equipment. However, the price of one video game or a salon pedicure can buy a nice mat. A month of not eating out may get you that TRX.
It all comes down to priorities. Our health should be one of our most important priorities, as a healthy body allows for the best quality of life we can have. Buying fitness equipment does not mean you have to eternally sacrifice all the fun you’ve been having. It’s about making a great lifestyle choice so you can go on having fun, and look and, most importantly, feel good too!
Quick, Easy DIY Pilates/Yoga Mat Wash
Dilute 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1 cup of distilled water. Pour into a spray bottle and add 5-10 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oils. Carry with you in your purse or mat bag. Use at the end of each class.