Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spending money on fitness

Today at lunch I bought running shoes and socks for about $41.00 (the shoes and socks were both on sale, plus I had a coupon for JCPenney).
I've never owned running shoes, and have actually never run for fitness before. I'm not looking forward to it, but yoga alone is not enough and I'm not okay with doing jumping jacks or any other kind of aerobic exercise in my fifth-floor apartment. I will not be that neighbor.
Also, I'm mystery shopping a really beautiful health club right now and will have a membership there for the next three weeks. I intend to get all the value I can from it, including personal training sessions and classes, and I don't have any shoes that would be remotely appropriate to wear to a gym. Hopefully I will use these shoes to go running when I'm done with the mystery shop as well. I guess we'll see.
I wish I could afford the $200/month to stay a member of this club. The amenities are unbelievable and the vibe is relaxing and energizing at the same time. Ultimately though, it's not worth it to me. As it is, I'm struggling to carve out time to visit it as frequently as I want to, and once school starts again, no way. Running is free and local, and I can do yoga in my apartment.


  1. I used to dislike running, and I still sometimes do, but I mostly like it. Perhaps it will grow on you too!

    Good luck!

  2. $200?! Youch! I thought the Olympic here in Seattle was bad: about $100 a month. Still, I was definitely tempted (at least, abstractly) to join. Hot tubs and saunas in the women's changing room? Mmmmmm

    Glad you're getting your non-money's worth out of the mystery shop. Be careful about shoes you choose for working out/running.

    I know it sounds like I'm buying into the hype but it's true that it does matter to some extent. For example, if you buy running shoes and then take up walking, you've got most of your shock absorption on the balls of your feet, not your heel where you need it. And if you have walking shoes for running, you're really not doing your feet any favors.

    In the end, people got by just fine before all this specialization, but if you decide to pay for a good pair of workout shoes, make sure it's for the right pair! Or just get crosstrainers. Always nice.


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