Treadmill vs. Gym Membership


Which one wins?

My gym membership expires on February 2nd, and I am currently debating whether to:

Renew it for another year

Renew it for a shorter amount of time (1, 3, or 6 months)

Buy a treadmill

There are pros and cons for each:

Renew

Pros:

-low cost

-nice facilities

-good amenities for the price

-convenient (kind of)

-supports the town I live in

-2 different facilites that I can use for the same price

Cons:

-locked in for the year, and I would really rather run outside, at least in the spring/fall

-have to pay all up-front for a shorter time period, can’t pay month-to-month

-the facility that is closest to me is older, has less equipment, and is very crowded at the time of day I like to go (6pm)

-there is no real place to do any stretching/abs work/floor exercises without the fear of getting trampled on, or getting rude looks from the intense body-building guys that area always there

Buying a Treadmill

Pros:

-convenient

-will (hopefully) last a long time

-I can watch whatever I want on tv while I’m doing it

-no commute time to and from the gym

-hubby could use it as well

Cons

-high initial cost

-big piece of machinery that I have to find a place for in my house

-loud?

-big piece of machinery that I have to find a place for in my house!

I think I would really rather just get the treadmill, but who has $1000+ dollars to spend on that right now? not me!  My main concern is finding a place for it, as Husband has taken over the basment as his “man room,” I would probably have to put it in my office.  Maybe I can rig something up like this or this and take up tread-blogging?

So what do you think? Do you prefer the social setting of the gym, or would you rather sweat it out in the comfort of your own home?

Stay tuned to read about my on-off relationship with Coke and vending machines!

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