At the end of last month I signed up for a gym membership. I worked it into my budget and there it will stay. Why did I increase my fixed costs by $42.50/month when I am trying so hard to cut down spending? Well, because it’s really important to me.
I think that taking care of myself inside and out is extremely important.
I want to have a strong, healthy, body, so that I am around long enough to pay off all my debt once that finally happens in 60 years. That may be a slight exaggeration. But the point remains that healthy people live longer, and I am definitely looking forward to being a little old lady who can actually walk more than 5 feet at a time without getting winded.
Working out reduces stress.
I have always had problems with anxiety and stress. I constantly work on myself to improve this, and working out is something that ‘produces endorphins and makes you happy’, as learned from Legally Blonde. Saving $42.50 / month is not worth losing out on the benefits of living a happier life with less stress in it.
Working out is a fairly inexpensive activity to fill my time.
Although it is $42.50 / month, I will be spending 30-60 minutes at the gym 3-5 x / week. That amount could be spent on one night out, a dinner at a restaurant, etc. Working out gets me out of the house and breaks up my day to make me feel like I’ve done something fun that day, not just worked.
I want to look good.
I am happy with my looks, but everybody wants to look like their best self. This point is one of the least important, but still deserves a mention.
This is how I justify my increase in fixed costs from joining the gym. It was pretty awesome that there was no pesky start-up fee at the non-chain gym I joined, since those can cost hundreds of dollars. At the end of the day I think it is probably one of the best ways I spend my money. On a related note, I buy fresh food and vegetables even though it is more expensive than buying junk, because it is truly important to me. The only problem now is that I want to buy some really cute work-out gear (none of mine fits) which can get pretty pricey!