Gym Membership: Use It Or Lose It

Earlier I suggested to check on your vesting period or lose it. Here’s another reminder in the use it or lose it realm. The summer heat wave is a little unbearable. The last thing I want to do is go to my gym, work out, and sweat! However, I got myself in there and powered through. How did I do it?

Not A Spring Chicken Anymore

In another life, I would run around and play basketball for a few hours non-stop. My shirt was drenched as if I ran through the shower. Sadly, my weekend warrior days are over. My knees and joints are creeky and it takes days to recover. Rather than turn into a complete couch potato, I push myself to work out in my apartment’s gym. The equipment is pretty new and works a variety of muscle groups (biceps, chest, and shoulders). It’s mostly upper body, but that’s not a problem since guys should focus on their guns and pythons, right? But seriously, as we get older, we should do what we can to exercise and stay in shape. Besides the physical work out, my stress disappears and I feel re-energized. Now I am ready to tackle the day. Can’t beat that!

Leaving Money On The Table

I’ve never joined a gym like 24 Hour Fitness or Gold’s, but I heard many horror stories about signing up for a membership and not even using it. Do you really have that much disposable income that you can give your membership fees away? If so, please sign up to the newly opened, Buck Inspire’s Gym! For the readers who are like me, guess what? Your apartment’s gym has a membership fee, too. Do you think the gym’s equipment was donated? Is it free to maintain? You would think the rent that you pay covers your apartment, but amenities like the gym and pool are rolled into your rent. If you aren’t using it, you’re leaving money on the table just like someone who signs up and doesn’t use their gym membership.

Final Thoughts

I know it’s difficult to squeeze in workouts in our busy and hectic lives. Just think of the phrase, “Use It Or Lose It”. Primarily, I’m speaking about your body. You’ll thank me when you retire. Secondly, I’m talking about your gym membership fees or the portion of your rent that covers your apartment’s gym. If you are in to bonuses, you can’t beat the free energy boost and the stress free mind you get after a good workout. So step away from the computer and go hit your gym. Just Do It! If Sly can do it at 62, what excuse do you have?

Stay Inspired!

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22 Responses

  1. Moneycone says:

    Good advice Buck! The determined will always find money-saving ways to use the gym!!

  2. krantcents says:

    Years ago, I created a home gym! For the cost of a couple years gym membership, I can have the convenience of a home gym. No excuses, my wife and I use it regularly.

  3. Ooooooh this post makes me feel so guilty. To be fair I have an excuse, but since my knee injury (torn ligament- been on wretched crutches for 10 weeks now), I’ve not gone any where near my gym. I’m tied into a year’s contract, which I can’t cancel or postpone, so I’m effectively throwing £45 away every month.

    If you’re going to go for a gym membership, look and see how flexible the terms of the contract are. You never know what can happen which will stop you from working out!

  4. Use it or lose it applies to so many aspects of life, my physique and pre-paid gym memberships included. This reminds me, I must make use of this awesome weather before the ice is on the ground again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Evan says:

    I just canceled my gym membership last week since I wasn’t using it. I’ll take my $70 back! The weird part they didn’t even put up a fight lol

  6. Funancials says:


    I pay $35/month to glide on an elliptical every few days. Not sure it’s the best investment. I’ve given up the focus on my guns and pythons. I guess they get a workout while I’m counting my cash?

  7. Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. I did buy a gym membership, And even worse I hired a trainer…. and then after about 2 months I never went back. I continued to pay automatically for about 2 more months before I got around to canceling it.

  8. This reminds me of pay now or pay later…. exercising is really important. Health is not something we can get back. In fact, one of my goals as of most recently is to do more step climbing and spinning exercises. 🙂 We’ll see how this goes 😛 Nice motivational post.

  9. I understand the importance of exercise in our body. With so much stuff in my hands, I don’t have the time to go to the gym anymore. *sigh*

    To compensate, I consider some chores as my exercise — walk with the kids to school and do the same when I pick them up, carry school bags and groceries like I do some weightlifting, etc.

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