There are many of you out there that pay cold hard cash just to stay fit. In fact, I am one of them. I am paying, and it’s hard to type this, $99.00 every month for a yoga studio. Yes, that is a lot of money. Mr. Everyday Dollar had been paying $80.00 every month for a regular gym membership and then in January of this year switched to a hot yoga studio for even more money! Looking back at my convenient online attendance record at the yoga studio I can see that I went to:
- 11 classes in January
- 9 classes in February
- 10 classes in March
- 9 classes in April
- 10 classes in May
Using simple math I can calculate that I am paying $9.00-$11.00 per class. That is a lot of dollars for every class I attend! Is it justified? I think so for the following reasons:
- It improves my strength and muscle tone
- It improves my flexibility, agility, and balance
- It makes me taller! I clocked in a 1/4″ taller recently
- Cleanses, purifies and detoxifies my body
- It boosts my energy
- It reduces my stress and tension
- It connects my body to my mind
- I sleep much better
- It elevates my mood and outlook on life
- It helps me live my life with an open heart, loving myself and others
All of these things combine to help me live a cleaner, happier, more emotionally healthy and physically healthy life. Which results in less sickness, less non-productive time, a more positive outlook on life and a more productive use of my time! So, is that $10 that leaves my wallet everytime I attend worth it, in this case, yes!
Now, for those of you who have a gym membership and want to cut that expense simply get outdoors! There are a ton of creative ways to exercise outside besides the usual running, biking, rollerblading.
A Mr. Everyday Dollar workout that is totally free and totally awesome is to find a public staircase and run stairs. I find it funny, and very un-Mr. Everyday Dollar-ish, that people actually pay money to go to a stuffy gym and walk on a contraption that simulates stairs when there are stairs out in the real world, literally everywhere! For this workout I set the stopwatch for 25 minutes and ran up and down those 5 flights of stairs 17 times before the time was up. It was a super strong workout and I felt awesome afterwards. Now get out there!