Why I Love Going to the Gym

I love going to the gym for the following reasons (in no particular order):

1. The gym is where I get my nice hot shower. They even provide free body wash!

2. If I talk to the ladies there, they are usually surprisingly friendly.

3. I can burn 300 calories if I sit on the recumbant bike for a while. I can even read while I’m riding, if I want to.

4. A workout and a shower is a good time killer and helps me break my internet addiction.

5. Facing my fears about the gym is helping me realize I can face some of my other fears.

6. Riding the bike helps my leg which gets sore sometimes. It seems to loosen up my muscles or something.

7. Cute Boys!

Ok, so I’m not totally in love with going to the gym (and actually working out) yet but for the last few days I have been reminding myself of all the pluses of going there regularly. To be honest, I’ve actually been saying these things out loud to myself while I’m driving to the gym, in order to get myself psyched up! It kinda works too!

Just don’t tell the authorities that I’ve been talking to myself out loud. I don’t want them to put me away!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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14 Responses to Why I Love Going to the Gym

  1. Ryu says:

    You shouldn’t have too much problem spending time at the gym. I’ve seen some retired people spend their whole morning there. They read the paper, chat up their friends, train a bit, maybe go to the pool…..

    • Maureen says:

      I wish we had a pool at my gym. There’s a sauna but I’ve been nervous about checking it out. It would be weird if it was co-ed. Are they usually co-ed?

  2. Sherry says:

    Greetings Maureen! I just found your blog while doing my own research on van dwelling. I am 46, and was let go from my job of 14 years while on a medical leave. My docs urged me to apply for disability so I did. Rather than dwell on these unpleasant facts, I am using this time off to finally fulfill my wanderlust. My one and only child relocated to Seattle WA (she’s 19 and a half) and I have yet to see the Pacific Northwest so when you put these things together, voila, an epic months-long road trip ensues.
    Luckily for me, I have friends who, for various reasons, are now scattered across the country. So, I plan on a long trip starting in late May. I am heading to Seattle via Ft Riley KS, Santa Fe NM and Phoenix AZ. My daughter’s ManLove has an older cargo van they use for camping in Washington state. I am going to rent it from the kids and sleep in it during my extended visit to my daughter. I am thinking this will be a great way to test the waters, so to speak, to see if I can be comfy living in a van.
    I am so glad you are beginning to change your thinking about the gym. YOU PAY to use those facilities in any way you choose. You are a paying customer, not a mooch. Hold you head high, shower like you own the place, and smile at everyone you pass!

    • Maureen says:

      Sherry, thank you for your nice comment! I hope you have a wonderful time visiting your daughter. That will be quite a trip. Are you going to blog about it? I’ll bet you’ll be able to take lots of great pictures!

      Thanks for the advice about the gym. I’ve got self-esteem issues. This much is clear! You all are helping me work through it though!

  3. Sherry says:

    Ps. I live in NC surrounded by rolling farmland in the foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains.

  4. Sherry says:

    In reference to your question about blogging on my trip, what I did in October during a trip to Santa Fe to see friends and to FINALLY experience the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was to post pictures and updates to my Facebook page. I have never had a blog. Food for thought.

    I wanted to ask you if you had considered removing the rear bench seat and doing something different in your sleeping area? I don’t know the measurements you are working with, but you may want to consider removing the rear seat, storing your things in 5-8 milk crates (or however many you can fit, all of the same height) in the back area, placing a sheet of light plywood over them and putting an air mattress/thick foam pad/layered blankets on top? Most of those items you need for this you could scrounge for free. An air mattress and/or thick foam would be very light and easy to simply lift to access your stored things. I plan on using this tried and true method in the cargo van I hope to dwell in soon.

    The other thing I wished for you was that you would acquire all the knowledge about the laws of car sleeping/parking for your area. Knowledge is POWER! If you know what you are doing is legal, it will lessen your fears.

  5. Sherry says:

    One of the best things of this bedding arrangement for you is that you could easily sleep diagonally and therefore stretch out if you wished. Also, it’s nice when you open the back doors, you can simply slide the crates out for easy access.
    Lastly, you can make simple black-out curtains by using black felty kind of material or fleece from Walmart, cut pieces to fit around each window frame, attach velcro strips around the perimeter of the material and the window frame. You can simply stick them up when you want privacy or darkness. And make a divider drape very simply by using the same material and make or cut a piece large enough to cross the van sideways. On one edge, you can use duct tape (or sew) to form a hem all the way across, stick your shower curtain rod through the hem and voila! You can pop the drape up and block out your sleeping area entirely. And from the outside, it will simply look dark. Yay! When you get ready to leave the van, you simply release the pole, roll the drape up around the pole and it can lay in the floorboard or bench seat.

    • Maureen says:

      I HAVE considered doing something very similar with my sleeping space. I do need more space for my legs. I was thinking I would just throw the air mattress directly on the ground. Why do people put them up on something? Is it warmer that way? More comfortable?

      I might do this once I get a job. That’s the top priority at the moment.

      • Sherry says:

        One of the main reasons for elevating your sleeping surface is to double your storage capacity! With milk crates or an elevated sleeping platform that you build into the van, you can now use all the space beneath the bed for storage, and it also elevates the bed area above the tire well protrusions and therefore you get a wider sleeping surface. The milk crates are a quick, easy way to make a bed frame AND have built in storage. In the cargo van I buy, I will have the center crates hooked together with zip ties and the crates around the edge will be removable. I will figure out a way to keep everything from shifting in case of sudden stops, but I have not nailed it down yet.
        I have a sort of “fishbowl” paranoia and my cargo van is going to be very well light-proofed and private. I want to be able to surf the net at night knowing that anyone walking down the street will never see the light from my laptop. And, in the day time if I am napping or hanging out, I want to know I can have total privacy. It’s critical to my comfort level.

        • Ryu says:

          Typically, you can find milk crates in the back of any store by the dumpster. There’s a big push in stores to eliminate anything “taking up space” in the back room. Thus, anything that doesn’t belong to the store, like milk crates or pallets, is thrown out back. Mind you, don’t get caught taking them.

        • Maureen says:

          Pure genius Sherry and cheap to boot! I’m so glad you found my blog.

  6. Michelle Phillips says:

    Hi just caught your blog here. Im also going to be van living and the gym is my choice of showering. Im going for same reasons you mentioned. Where I am the gym will be 5.00 a week. Not to bad for NY. BRB going to read some more of your blog!

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