Winter is Coming / YMCA
So far my plan of walking one mile around my neighborhood each morning and a second one each evening has gone well.
But. Winter is coming.
Soon, the cool fall breeze that greets me each morning will be pushed aside by brisk Oklahoma winds. I know those days are coming. In fact, according to the weather forecast, those days are coming next week. Local forecasters are predicting a “wintery mix” will arrive late next week. Walking outside won’t be an option all winter long. I need a backup plan.
That backup plan is the YMCA. It’s the same Y that both Mason and Morgan played basketball at last year and plan on playing for again this year. To play basketball, each kid has to be enrolled as a member of the Y. I might not have the numbers exactly correct but I believe Susan said it’s $30 per kid or $55 for a family of four, so we went ahead and enrolled the entire family.
I haven’t been in many gyms so it’s tough for me to compare, but the workout room in the YMCA closest to us is nice. There are probably 20 heavy duty treadmills, followed by another 20 bicycle machines, stair steppers, and other things. There are tons of free weights and other machines to work out on. There’s also a swimming pool and a basketball court. In the lobby there’s also a couple of pool tables and a ping pong table. They open at 5 a.m. and close at either 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., depending on the day of the week.
In front of the treadmills are six large flat screen televisions tuned to three different channels (two each). Each treadmill has a headphone jack so you can listen to the television. Both times I’ve gone I’ve listened to music while watching basketball.
There are also lots of classes, everything from karate and kendo to Zumba and spinning. I don’t plan on taking any classes, but they’re included in the monthly fee. Susan and Morgan took a Zumba class last week and enjoyed it.
Because RunKeeper keeps track of your walking and running via GPS and you’re not really “going anywhere” on a treadmill, I had to figure out how to manually input my walks. Other than that, it’s been a smooth transition from walking outdoors to inside on a treadmill. Walking on a treadmill is boring; watching ESPN while listening to music makes it slightly less so.
I still prefer walking outdoors I think, but when Old Man Winter finally arrives, I have a backup plan waiting for him.