It's almost here! January will see an influx of people joining gyms to "get in shape"... and they will fail miserably! Seriously. many if not all people who join a gym, will make a valiant effort to hit the treadmill and the weights. They will get sore, tired and invariably not see any results...and will stop showing up and quit even trying to make any effort to improve their quality of life. Why? Because they are either doing too much of something that isn't going to benefit them or not doing enough of something that is.
You are almost guaranteed to fail if you try to do it on your own. But - if you surround yourself with people who are on the same path as you, who will make you accountable, and who you enjoy interacting with - magical things will happen! Suddenly going to the gym isn't a chore it's something that you look forward to all day. Hard workouts? They're a lot easier when you are surrounded by friends...
Think about this: if you don't take care of your body now you're not going to be able to take care of it later. If you make the investment in time, effort and sweat now you will be able to benefit of the "compound interest" of more energy, great strength and mobility, and excellent biological markers in the future (i.e., blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.).
"Most people want to pay as little as possible for their gym memberships. Yet people will pay hundreds of dollars a month on their cell phone or cable bill. The rate of chronic disease and obesity is growing. Our health care costs are growing. Why is the value of health placed so low in our culture? What if we changed the perspective and viewed paying a gym membership (and using it) as an investment in our future. I believe the long-term benefits of this is priceless. Investing in your health now saves you down the line in real dollar terms of health care cost savings, as well as in experiencing greater quality of life, for a longer time. When you look at it this way, the cost we pay for a gym membership is a bargain." -- Brigitte Osborn, Red Wolf CrossFit