|Lots of equipment for not a lot of money.|
Today I joined Planet Fitness, selecting the 1-year membership for $99 … less than $2 per week! Planet Fitness has the convenience of 24-hour access and all the equipment I could need, especially good treadmills. I’m sure I will use the strength training equipment too—particularly for the lower body, which I can’t exercise as effectively at home—but access to good treadmills was my principal consideration. I said in a previous post that treadmill workouts don’t figure heavily in my fitness program … that might change.
I think I spent about $750 on my home treadmill back in 1997 and I got my money’s worth, but today it is literally falling apart:
|Noisy motor, dead display panel, disintegrating belt. Not worth fixing.|
Today’s trip to Planet Fitness was just an introduction. I walked for an hour with the treadmill speed set at 3.5 mph and the incline set at 1 percent. That easy effort still burned about 400 calories, and there are much greater efforts to come as I get deeper into the new workout plan. I haven’t figured out all of the details, but it’s a good feeling to start something new and I hope my enthusiasm carries me through the winter.