I enjoyed 2008; it was a good year. Now it is down to its last few hours. This would be a good time to reflect on the resolution I made at the beginning of the year and ask myself tough questions, like did I achieve my intended goal?
The answer is yes, I did.
My resolution for 2008 was this: I will not set foot in a gym during the coming year. I make this resolution on a yearly basis. It is my attempt to balance the universe. Millions of people resolve to go to the gym, to workout, to get in shape. I like to stay in shape too. I run. I play tennis. I bike. I walk. But I don’t go to the gym.
The reason I do not resolve to never go to a gym is because I want to leave the possibility of using a gym open. Maybe in a few years I’ll think a treadmill looks more appealing than a bike path or road (I find this hard to believe, but it could happen). Maybe I’ll want to start lifting free weights for some reason (once again I have doubts, but who knows?).
I would love to conduct a survey of gym members to see why they are members. I suspect if I talked to men the results might look like this:
So who is with me? Let’s boycott gyms in 2009. We can.
We can run outside despite the temperature. We can do crunches and push-ups without expensive equipment. We can park our cars far away from entrances and walk. We can refuse to use elevators (stairs are good for you). We can.