[Louise Hal-Fead | Contributing Writer]
When people hear that you don’t go to the gym, the common assumption is that you are lazy or not interested in your health. Worse still, those views suggest that you are not an active or enthusiastic individual, which is misleading and also insulting.
I’m someone who has a love/hate relationship with the gym; now settling somewhere in the middle. However, these are the reasons why I now, do not go to the gym.
To begin with, everything you can do at the gym, you can do at home. Let’s face it, most people go to the gym and stick to the same routine. For a cost effective lifestyle, most exercise be done using workouts available for free. Humorous quotes like “why drive to the gym to walk on a treadmill?” have been popping up on social media. Many feel like they are achieving something by showing up to the gym, however, simply getting to the gym won’t burn those calories!
Not everyone needs to go to the gym to be fit. I would class myself as someone who likes to stay healthy and exercise, yet I am not bothered about the gym. I simply make decisions such as walking instead of taking public transport, doing my favourite sport once a week and watching what I eat. In my opinion I think it is slightly sad that people have to force themselves to be healthy rather than simply enjoying a balanced lifestyle.
Of course, I believe in the well-known saying: “commitment is key”, but I am not an addict. Honestly I think some gym-goers take this phrase a little too far. It’s almost become a trend to be “obsessed” with working out! It seems that it is simply not enough to enjoy one sport anymore. It appears some feel going to the gym has to be a main priority in order to be seen as healthy.
Lastly, in my experience, the gym is a place where guys and girls are both guilty of showing off to each other. This may appear to be quite an “out there” statement, but I stick by its implications when it comes to describing how I view the gym. Some people have been known to use the gym for “speed dating” which reminds me of a club atmosphere. The gym should be an atmosphere of dedication, hard-work and perseverance to achieve certain goals.
Of course this is only my opinion, and I can see many reasons why people who go to the gym will disagree with what I am saying. However, I hope my opinion shows other ways to live a healthy lifestyle for people who do not like going to the gym.
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