The Mom’s Guide to Choosing the Right Gym for You 0 2

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An article previously published by Katriza on Mommy Engineering Blog

Finding the gym that’s right for you can be tricky. This is to help you pick the right gym for you and your needs. This is a perfect guide for moms looking to join a gym for the first time.

My husband was an avid gym goer until he started dating me. I have never bothered to eat healthy or workout. For a long time my bad habits didn’t bother me; until I started having children. Outside of the fact that I needed to take care of myself in order to have healthy babies; pregnancy and child birth really changes our bodies. There are a lot of changes my body had to undergo during pregnancy and child birth that isn’t easily reversible. The changes do not actually stop at the physical changes but recently new research has shed light on the fact that motherhood changes our brains as well. You can actually identify a person who is a mother just by looking at their brain scans. It is amazing research!

You probably don’t need an engineer to tell you that going to the gym and getting healthy is the right thing to do but you might need some help in choosing the right gym that suits your needs.

The Mom’s Guide to Choosing the Right Gym for You

If you asked me 3 years ago what I thought of the gym, I would’ve told you I didn’t belong there. I had these images in my head about huge muscle men throwing weights around and then there was me, this tiny weakling getting in their way. I liked the idea of being fit but, oh wait… I don’t like pain, sweating, or feeling like my heart is going to explode. I’ve managed to push off exercising for 24 years and then I had kids and my whole body changed. It took some time but after 3 gyms, I finally found one that was right for me (and my family)! So where do you begin?

LOCATION

I started my research online and looked up the nearest gyms in my city. I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom so this was easy since I didn’t need to find a gym that was close to where I worked. If you do work, it may be a good idea to find a gym that is close to your work so you may hit the gym during lunch time. Another good idea is to find a gym located along your way home. I found a gym that was close enough to our house and on my husband’s way home so that we could meet and work out together.

HOURS OF OPERATION

We ended up joining a 24-hour gym but didn’t need to. If you work late hours or wish to workout early in the morning, this may be an amenity for you. What I like about some 24-hour gyms is the fact that it may not be so busy when I go to workout.

HOW BUSY

My paranoia played a part in my distance from the gym all my life so it was important for me to know when the peak busy times are and avoid them until I was ready. It’s safe to assume that the peak time are always between 5pm-7pm.

AMENITIES

Some gyms have some amazing amenities including daycare, a pool, and classes. A lot of my problems with my body includes my hip instability and using equipment like a bicycle or elliptical is not recommended. A pool with a water aerobics class is perfect for me. Some gyms offer classes like water aerobics, zumba, and high intensity strength training among many others.

DAYCARE

This is the most important on my must-have amenity for finding a gym. My kids are too young to workout with me and I definitely don’t have the luxury of just dropping them off with someone while I go to the gym. I was able to find a gym that had daycare every single day. Which also meant that I had absolutely no excuse to miss the gym.

PERSONAL TRAINER

Many gyms offer this for an additional cost. This may be right for you if it’s your first time at a gym and not sure where to start. I’ve never had a personal trainer because my husband taught me everything I know but this would’ve been something I would be interested in had he not been there with me.

PRICE & ANNUAL FEES

Most would figure this would be higher on my conquest to find the right gym for me but I’m willing to pay for a gym that has all or most of the amenities that I need. With my current gym membership that includes my husband and I plus daycare for our two boys, our monthly membership costs $90. Many gyms offer incentives to pay bi-annually or annually for a reduced rate saving anywhere from 10%-20% or waiving any annual fees that may apply with membership. Be aware of those dreaded annual fees that can creep up on you!

Do you go to the gym?

What are some things that helped you decide on the right gym for you?

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I had thought that I would start this article off with a walk down memory lane – and remind you of how neat it was to be a kid and have something with your name on it. Do you remember buying pencils or keychains with your name? As a kid, I loved that.

But I’ll be honest – as an adult – I still love it. I’m putting my name, our last name or initials all over the place! So in reality, who doesn’t love it at any age?

It’s still fun to find items in a store that has my name or my children’s name on it – but I think it’s even more fun and quite useful to put our name on whatever I want!

Sticker Kid sent over the cutest labels – and I got to do just that. They have so many sticker shapes, sizes, uses — they even have posters!

I spent the weekend labeling-up the kid’s stuff and a few things of my own.

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You know what I love the most about Sticker Kid labels – other than the fun, personalization factor? The fact that it helps the kiddos (and me) keep track of their items. There used to be a time when I knew exactly which pencil and eraser belonged to my child. I also knew exactly how many items I sent with them out of the house. But, my brain is a little more frazzled and I need a little help remembering what I’ve purchased and sent with them. So, Sticker Kid can help me keep all of that in order.

Is that the backpack I bought for you, Joey? Yep! It has your name tag on it. Savannah, did I really buy you that water bottle? Yep! It has our name label on it.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one with a perpetual case of “mom brain”?
I had been worried that the labels and tags would be easily removable to the point where they could just fall off and be lost. But they are securely on each item.

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You may be tempted to solely use the labels on the typical items such as school supplies, and shoes. But I think they’re going to work very well when the kids head to camp and go on day-adventures.

I plan to label items such as hair dryers, safety kids, flashlights, combs, leave-in conditioners, sunblock, pool toys, bite cream, and the list goes on. What else would you label?

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I was excited to see their collection of kitchen labels and home decor items. Having just revamped one of my brands, I wanted to pay homage to it. These kitchen labels were the perfect item to keep it close.

I plan to use these to organize not only spices, but my espresso, flours, sugars, and oats.

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So, the poster is probably my most favorite item of all. Because I love putting our names everywhere! Right now, I’m attaching it to this old calendar board I thrifted last year.

I painted the frame white, added wood to the inner portion and covered it with chalk paint. This will hang in our kitchen – but I may rotate the poster throughout the house.

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I’d love to hear what your ideas on labeling are! What should I label next? Which item are you going to order or which one should I order next?

I love being creative but I’d love your suggestions as well. What would you use these labels on?

Here’s a list of some of their different label options:

  • Iron-on name labels for clothes
  • Medium labels
  • Mini labels
  • “Preschool Super Pack” of 154 labels
  • Kindergarten pack with 150 name labels – perfect for toddlers
  • “School Mega Pack” pack of 214 labels
  • Large labels
  • 80 Peel and Stick Clothing Labels
  • Small name labels
  • Heart labels
  • Square Photo labels
  • Shoe labels
  • “Book Pack” labels
  • 9 Right-left shoe labels
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