It’s fun to look at the YMCA

I’m not lying when I say the YMCA is close to my apartment. I literally can look into the building and see the people on the treadmills and elipiticals. It’s very depressing actually. One of the things I do love, and would like to continue doing is yoga. I’ve priced the studios around here, and most of them are around the $50 a class range.

$50!? That’s out of my price range and then some, I don’t want to spend $200 a month on four classes. The Y offers yoga classes, plus others classes like pilates and spin classes, AND access to a gym for around $52 a month. I know in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot and definitely beneficial but I’m not getting paid very much. My position is not as a full artisan, I’m more of an apprentice, and although I’m making enough to survive without outside help or a second job (although I do have some outside upholstery jobs on the side to bring in some extra fun/help me money), I really am living paycheck to paycheck, I’m not much over minimum wage. It’s a lot to fork out a month.

I don’t know. I do have some free alternatives. My apartment building does have a tiny gym, although I’ve really never been in it, and I do live downtown so I could take long walks, but it really isn’t the same as a full gym, especially on the classes front. I would definitely have to be creative with my budget to work the membership in, and I do have some outside gigs that will help out. I don’t know, am I just making excuses to get out of not going? I don’t think so, but I can’t help but feel subconsciously that’s happening. Although, every day when I come home I turn to Heather and tell her about how I’m depressed that everyone is walking into or out of the building in gym clothes on and I’m literally not even a half block away and I’m not using that to my advantage. I don’t have to buy parking when I go there. I don’t have to park my car on the street and feed quarters into the slot, I would just have to walk 30 seconds across the street. Not everyone has the advantage, I mean the saving of money on just the parking garage is insane.

Blah. Money is not fun. Not having a lot to have to worry whether 52 a month on getting healthier and improving my life is not fun.

What do you think?