The hardest part about going to the gym is just showing up...the second hardest part is finding a comfy chair

Two Conversations about Joining a Gym

Get gym membership - Never go to the gymSomehow, I was convinced by a friend that joining a gym would be well worth the investment. Even though we all know that by the end of the yearly contract, each workout is likely to have cost about $70 if the number of workouts is averaged with the monthly costs.

To make it even worse, I signed up right at the end of December, with all the other “I’m going to start the new year with a new me!” crowd.

And here’s what happened:

Empty gym on December 31, Busy gym on January 1, Empty gym on January 2Conversation with very eager sales guy who was maybe still trying to make his quota for that shift…
Guy: But don’t you want a personal trainer?
Me: No.
Guy: But what are your goals?
Me: To be less crazy.
Guy: [Silence.]
Guy: [Silence.]
Me: No, seriously. I just need to be more active to help with my anxiety and depression.
Guy: [Silence.]
Guy: Oh-kay. But how about if you talk to a personal trainer anyway?

I did not talk to a personal trainer.

The hardest part about going to the gym is just showing up...the second hardest part is finding a comfy chairConversation with my psychiatrist after have already been going to the gym for three weeks, a minimum of twice a week…
Me: Did you know that exercise and working out makes you feel better?
Him: Umm, yes. We talk about that every time you come in.
Me: I mean, it’s so amazing! If only I  had known about the benefits before. I could have started sooner.
Him: You did know. We talk about it every time you come in.
Me: I mean, who knew about this? They should really put this information out there so people with depression and anxiety will do it.
Him: [Shaking head slowly and lowering it into his hands.]

To be fair, I do this sort of thing to him all the time in an attempt to be funny. I have also asked him for medication with a better street value so that I can afford appointments with him. He turned me down. He knows I’m a total smart ass.

The moral of the story is to exercise. Any maybe join a gym.

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