Back in the gym, as a family


A few months ago, I wrote about how I had finally gotten back in the gym. Unfortunately, I only made it a few months before my time crunch of a schedule made it practically impossible. I was going to the gym at work during lunch, but it was cutting into my “working” time while at work. I could go before work, but that would mean waking up before 4 AM. I could go after work, but that would mean less time with my wife and kids after spending all day away.

This week, we changed that. And by we, I mean my wife and I. We became members of our local YMCA. One factor made us choose the Y over other gyms, and it wasn’t price. I’ll admit that we pay a little more for the Y over other gyms, but it comes with one key feature that other gyms in our area don’t have..

Since we have 3 young kids, we had two choices. Either we have to go to the gym in shifts, and lose the motivation that having your spouse there with you would provide, or we find a gym with childcare. The YMCA was option 2. This way, we’re able to bring our kids to somewhere trusted, and be only a few rooms away while we’re able to workout together.

We can bring them to the pool, teach them how to swim, and show them that we are doing something to stay healthy and active. This will hopefully get the kids involved in physical fitness, and help fight off the childhood obesity that’s rampant in the US.

This is the re-start of our journey to be more healthy, physically, mentally, and financially. We’re going to eat, as much as possible, food that is natural, organic or local. We’re going to fix our credit and finances so we can buy a house in the next year. We are going to make our life, and the life of our kids, better.

About these ads

4 Comments

  1. Tom, I think this is a fantastic idea. The girls are still just a tad young, but we live near a Y also and we may think about this in the upcoming year. I suppose it would also expose them to athletic options as they get into school.

  2. I think this is the thing that keeps parents from getting exercise, the fact that they will generally have to find someone to watch the kid. We had to cancel our membership to one gym because we weren’t able to use it without there being someone to watch the Kid.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s