I didn’t want to join a gym.
I really believe that adding exercise into your daily activity is extremely possible. Taking stairs instead of elevators. Going for walks in spare moments, like your lunch hour or something. Lifting arm weights while watching television.
But the truth of my life right now is, I don’t have many spare moments. And when I do, I sit and relax. Maybe even read! Although raising a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old is a type of exercise all of its own, I wanted to focus more on myself for a few hours a weak. Really focus on keeping my own physicality fit.
I think I have a nice, simple “gym” set-up at home. I have an elliptical (found for free on the side of the road when people were moving!), a yoga mat with 3 yoga DVDs, and 2 sets of hand weights in different heaviness. The only thing that I don’t seem to have at home is enough time.
That’s why I joined a gym. They have a daycare. This makes the whole endeavor of working out as simple as simple could be for me. I drive to the gym, hand off my children, and then focus entirely on my physical self for an hour. Then I collect the kids and drive home.
One day, I will return to exercising exclusively at home or around town. When the children are old enough to be left alone for an hour — or to join me!
I didn’t want to spend the money on a gym membership. Being minimalist, I try to cut out all extraneous expenses to keep life simple and stress-free. But then I realized, a gym membership actually reduces stress for me right now. Thus, it’s worth the cost. (Even with the extra charge for daycare.)
It was quite the minimalist revelation: what worked for me before may not work now. And spending money might actually be the answer! And, perhaps the most counterintuitive of all, an extra thing might just contribute to simplicity.