Why I Quit the Gym: A Confession 

I have a confession to make…before Christmas my motivation was at an all time low. I mean a serious low. 

It got to the point where the thought of going to the gym just depressed me and the awful weather didn’t help either. I was paying £17 a week for a weekly bus pass literally just to get the bus to the gym in the rain, hail, frost and wind. So I just stopped going.

You see, it’s not that I hate exercising or even going the gym. When I lived in Cardiff I loved the gym and all the different classes I went to. Since moving back to Liverpool and joining a new one though it’s a whole different story.  

My nearest and best gym in Liverpool is a twenty minute bus ride away and it’s cold, unfriendly and just not worth the hassle in my opinion. I found I felt I wasn’t getting my money’s worth so therefore I quit. Yep! That’s right, I quit the gym! 

If anything it’s more money towards myself and my home renovation so there are upsides! 

The thing is I found I just wasn’t having worthwhile workouts and missed doing circuits and boxing classes. Also, I literally had to set aside an hour and a half out of my day just to do a 40 minute workout…ridiculous! 

So after much deliberation I decided instead of joining a new gym or paying for some faddy diet and exercise plan that I’d literally stick to for all of five minutes. I decided I would start exercising from the comfort of my own home. I found that YouTube have a vast range of workout videos and channels which vary from boxing classes, circuits, Tabata, HIIT, Yoga and Pilates workouts. Basically it’s the exercise I like to do but it’s free and I don’t even have to leave the house! 

It’s brilliant because I can mix it up everyday, get fitter and have a shower straight after. I’ve been working out like this for nearly a month now and I must say I’ve already noticed the difference in my body. The HIIT and Tabbata workouts I do leave me leaving energised and refreshed whereas being stagnant on an exercise bike or cross trainer. Plus, most of the videos are so ridiculously quick that I’m done within half an hour!

I’ll workout about five to six times a week and I just tailor it around what type of day I have planned. At the moment this sort of exercise routine is perfect for me as its adaptable to my lifestyle, way cheaper (it’s actually free!) and easy. 

In the future when the weather gets nicer I might start going for runs in the park but for now I’m once again a home workout convert! 


Author: Chelsea Thompson

Liverpool based Scriptwriter, Script Reader and Script Consultant. Offering feedback and helpful advice to all budding writers out there! As a fellow writer I know just how hard nailing that first draft can be, so instead of suffering in silence lets grab a cuppa and suffer together!

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