About four years ago, my family decided to move out of the city.
My husband and I had been planning to buy a house in a more rural location for a long time. We were looking to get away from the traffic, noise and crowds of people. We hoped to give our children a safer environment, bigger yard and better school system. It’s been wonderful having more privacy, square footage and property. However, being so far away from the amenities of the city does have a few drawbacks. It’s a lengthy drive to access a larger grocery store, auto mechanic, gas station or even a coffee shop. I was forced to quit my gym membership. For a short time after the move, I was dedicated to making the trip to the gym several times per week. I found that the commute took up too much time. I realized that I was rushing through my workouts and not really enjoying them. I was preoccupied by the time I was devoting. My workouts are my best opportunity to alleviate stress, prioritize my health and feel good about what I’m doing. I decided to create a gym at home for greater convenience. I was shocked by how expensive exercise gear is. Just investing in a yoga mat, free weights and a jump rope set me back considerably. I saved up to buy a weight bench, kettlebells and a stationary bike. I’ve since added a treadmill, battle ropes, foam roller and weighted poles and balls. While I miss the luxuries of the gym, I do prefer the ability to workout whenever I want, whether in the middle of the day or night, for as long as I like. I never wait for a piece of equipment to be free. I don’t need a babysitter.