When we first moved to Austin back in March I contemplated joining a gym. Henry and I loved the local rec center in my hometown and had enjoyed working out regularly. I was not expecting to like working out a gym as much as I did, but we became believers, each going to the rec center at least six days a week.
I wanted to join a gym in Austin, but I also wanted to avoid adding another monthly bill by paying to exercise. Since we don't own a car, exercise becomes a natural part of our day as we go from point a to point b. At the time, I was working on farms several days a week which provided ample opportunity for physical activity. After much contemplation, I decided not to join a gym and focus on being active in my every day life. If I'm being honest, it makes me laugh (and cry) to think about how our society has come to a point where we get so little exercise in our everyday lives that we drive to a gym to walk or bike on a machine. Ironic, isn't it?
Reservations aside, I took the plunge and joined a nearby gym in December. With winter weather settling over the city I was getting out less than I had previously. I want to remain active and fit throughout my pregnancy and knew I was not accomplishing that goal on my own. Paying someone to belong to a gym motivates me to work out regularly (I hate wasting money) and allows me to swim laps and attend classes--two of my favorite ways to exercise.
While I am not working out at the same intensity that I would have if I were not pregnant, I feel completely energized and like I keep going for hours. Of course that feeling may not last, but I am enjoying it while it's here.