We are 5 days into the New Year, and many of us have made this resolution at least once in our lives: Get in shape! They say nothing worth having is free or easy and we all know what a challenge fitness can be. Excuses about not going to the gym or taking that run around the block are aplenty. (It's too hot. It's too cold. Parking at the gym sucks. I work too many hours. The dog ate my sneakers.)
Two solutions to this problem:
MapMyRun.com let's you customizes your running (or walking) routes to get a fairly accurate measurement of the distance of your workout. It also has features to calculate how many calories you burn, and search routes suggested by other readers. The best part, it's free. And, if you are lucky enough to have an Iphone, they even have a downloadable app for you!
A slightly more expensive solution, but a good value, can be found at Costco. (Dad will be so proud!) Costco is selling a 2-year membership to 24 Hour Fitness priced at $299. From the research I've done, this membership works at Sport and Active locations, and can be used at multiple clubs. Considering I used to spend $60/mo on a membership I rarely used, 24 Hour Fitness for roughly $12.50/mo seems like one hell of a bargain!
And let's be honest, I lost my best excuse for not exercising!