In the comments section of a recent post, a reader asked very politely, “how do you afford fancy things?” She was referring to my Tom Ford sunglasses. My answer to her: I bought them with a credit I had from years ago. Otherwise, TF shades aren’t something I would splurge on in the middle of a cross-country move.
My umbrella answer is: I’m smart about how I shop. I don’t buy TONS of shoes or clothes. I buy NICE pieces OCCASIONALLY and I wear them for a long time.
The cost of my fitness regemin falls under its own category.
Exercise is critical to my health and well-being. It makes me stronger in more ways than just physical. How can I put a price tag on that? Well, the answer is, I don’t, the gym/trainer/studio does, right? So let’s break this down:
I spend at least 5 days a week at the gym and take classes. If you consider the cost of a personal trainer can be $50-$125 a pop, or a private studio class is $20-$35, then spending $100 (or more!) on a gym membership doesn’t seem so bad. If we’re going to get technical about costs, I taught spinning at gyms to avoid membership fees and also take on fitness studios I love as clients and barter work for classes. (This by no means makes them free, trust me!)
Now you know I’ve also shelled out for a trainer. Cederick was more than just a trainer for me. He was a light in my life. (See our workouts here.) At the time, I was making more money in Houston and could afford him. Due to his cost, I didn’t eat out a lot or buy shoes. Is this making sense? Ced made me happier than things, so that’s where I put my money.
Moving back to NYC for the next two months I was concerned about what my gym situation would be. SoulCycle classes are not enough to maintain my level of fitness. (That’s just personal preference.) Oddly enough, having an Equinox membership in LA does not allow me entry or even a discount to use one of the many facilities in NYC. So I was thinking I would have to finagle something at Crunch or NYSC for the next two months to get some lifting in. Thankfully, that didn’t prove to be the case. Blink gyms, owned by Equinox, are fully-equipped, clean, gyms with a monthly rate of $20! When I heard about them, I couldn’t believe it! That is insane for New York. So I went in and blink had everything I needed. They don’t offer classes, but they have 2 or 3 of every machine and it’s super clean. SOLD!
I believe that fitness provides us with so much more than just a physical benefit. I think if you’re reading my blog, you agree with me. I’m with you that it stinks to make it a line item in our monthly budget, but it’s worth it on so many levels. And since you’re paying for it, find something you actually enjoy instead of making it yet more “work” in your life. If you look hard enough, there will be a “blink” opportunity for you wherever you are.