While living in Namibia, I noticed that I was gaining too much weight and I was no longer my old-self. I registered with a gym. The subscription fee was around N$250 per month. I used to enjoy my gym sessions. The folks at that gym were awesome and I made so many friends, in the process.

Two years down the line, and now relocated to South Africa, I am no longer interested in registering at any gym at all. Here are my reasons for opting out of the culture of gyms:

  1. When I joined the gym in Namibia, there were some financial incentives from the medical aid. If you go to the gym a number of times, the medical aid institutions were giving rebates. It somehow felt like you were going to the gym for free if you patronize the gym many times a month. But at some point, the financial authorities in Namibia cancelled this source of encouragement. Here in South Africa, it looks like this kind of thing is not there at all.
  2. When you want to exercise you have to go there when the gym is open. You have to fight with others for the use of equipment when the gym is crowded. I used to enjoy running on the treadmill for at least 40 minutes. But the gym put a limit of 20 minutes.
  3. One day when I needed to exercise so badly and I found my gym closed, I installed a Runstatic app on my phone and I started running in my neighborhood. My aim was to run more than 10 km like I used to do at the gym on the treadmill. I did 11 km and the next day I did 15 km. It felt good and I have been running since then. In 2018, I set up a running goal of 1500 km, which I achieved by October, 2018. By the end of 2018, I reached 1600 km. Running does me good and this year, my goal is to cover 2000 km, of which I have already done 6 % in the first 17 days of 2019.
  4. I can easily put up a few pieces of equipment such as dumb bells behind my house for extra exercises. The money that I would have been spending on gym subscriptions will go into this and I will have access to these tools any time I want.
  5. The cheapest gym in my area costs R300 per month. This implies that I will need R3,600 for a year. Apart from buying my home gym equipment, I would rather use this money to buy Rain Soul, my favorite dietary supplement.
  6. I have also become addicted to planking. I do at least one 5-minute plank every day. Planking has many health benefits.