My goal for this week is to find a new gym. There are two within walking distance in my new neighborhood, which I visited on Monday. Both offer a 7 day trial membership. Each has some drawbacks: one is your basic workout facility with lots of new equipment and 24/7 access, but no classes or nice locker room or anything. The other is a bit of a rabbit warren, equipment spread around various rooms in an old building. Some of the equipment looked 2 or 3 iterations behind what is most current; some looked new. But they have a mid-morning spin class, which is appealing, and they don’t charge extra for yoga or pilates. There are two more gyms in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; I’d have to drive there, and parking is an issue. I like to walk to my workout, considering the walk there and back a part of my exercise. But the Ballard gyms are considerably nicer than what I saw on Monday, and have pools as well as classes and lots of equipment.
I keep saying I’m going to get back to swimming, although I must admit that in all the time I belonged to the Downtown YMCA, I never used the pool once.
My daily fitness goal is at least 10,000 steps a day, which translates into 4-6 miles of activity. Without a gym to use I’m walking, and finding new walking routes — which is fun. If I can no longer as readily walk along Puget Sound, I can enjoy beautiful homes with absolutely gorgeous gardens. And many of the streets are lined with lush cherry blossoms that are now in full bloom. It’s a decent trade-off.
Update on the gym when I make a choice.