Two Signs You Should Break Up With Your Gym (And Free Alternatives to Try Instead)

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If you’re not enjoying the gym like you used to, it might be time to say goodbye.

It’s easy to feel good about a gym membership on the day you sign up. You’re feeling motivated and hopeful that you’ll be able to stick to a regular workout schedule. Unfortunately this high doesn’t last long, and before you know it you’re barely even showing up. Celebrity trainer Kristin McGee gave us some helpful insight on knowing when it’s time to cancel your gym membership and how to still get a good workout in.

Signs You Should End It
1. When it’s been at least two weeks and you haven’t stepped foot in the gym.

2. You get depressed, anxious or resentful when you feel like you have to go to the gym.

“You should enjoy the gym you go to and try and make it at least three to five times a week to reap the benefits,” says McGee. And when it’s time to break up with your gym, Kristin says, “Be direct and honest. Say ‘I am no longer using the gym and I am ready to move on.’ Don’t give excuses and don’t let them persuade you with price reductions. If you aren’t using the gym, why throw money away even if it is a reduced fee? If it helps to have support, bring a friend or your spouse so they can make sure you stay firm. ”

Keep the Workouts Going, Even Without a Membership
Not having a fancy gym membership doesn’t mean you should slack off when it comes to exercise. There are plenty of ways to get a good workout in without having to pay a monthly fee.

“I recommend at home yoga or mat Pilates,” says McGee. “Yoga and Pilates are very portable and you don’t need any equipment besides a mat or even just a towel. These type of mind/body exercises also get you in touch with your body and help you feel less self-conscious. They feel good, so you want to do them daily.

“I also think walking or jogging are great activities since they get you outside and in the fresh air. You can meet a friend so you stay more consistent. The runner’s high or endorphins you get from a great power walk are super beneficial.”

To build muscle, McGee also suggests body weight exercises, like squats, lunges, planks, push-ups and triceps dips. “You don’t need any equipment for these,” says McGee.

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