I finally joined a gym this week. I'd had access to small gyms in the past, and I found them pretty useful, but I always balked at the idea of getting in your car to drive some place to burn energy. However, I've really been enjoying my evening walks since last summer, but I've been annoyed when its been too wet or cold to go out, so I finally decided to join up. The added benefits of pool, sauna, and jacuzzi access, along with the ability to visit this chains other locations when I'm traveling on business cinched the deal.
Tonight was my first real visit, and I've left with a few notes to myself:
I need to get a combination lock so I can protect my gear in the locker room without having to expend quarters.
The Treo 650 is a great phone and a fine music and podcast player, but the device is a bit too fragile and awkward to use in the gym environment. Dig up your old Nomad II or get something like an iPod Shuffle. I like the looks of the Grandtec MP3 music player; it will let me reuse my many free Treo's SD cards.
Put a few loose white t-shirts, assorted socks and undies, some comfortable shorts, swim trunks, and some covered shoes in a bag and leave that in your trunk so you'll always have something to wear when you feel like stopping by for some exercise. That equipment bag you got a the Symbol wireless conference in 2000 will work nicely.
10PM is a good time to stop in as the place still has people, but it's not crowded or busy, and you can still get home and catch up on things before going to sleep.
I hope to stop in a couple more times this week. I need to try it around 9:30AM and see how visiting before checking in with work goes.