Now, I’m not sure about you but I don’t live in the best neighborhood. I mean I wouldn’t say it’s bad or anything, but it’s pretty DARN bad. :~) So what’s a Fat girl to do if walking around her neighborhood isn’t conducive to her health? Hit the gym! “But wait, aren’t gyms kind of expensive?” Yes, you are correct Reader, but I have a new secret for you. Check out some of the local YMCAs.

That’s right. “I’m talking ’bout the Y-M-C-A. Help me sing it now, Y-M-C-A-A.” Now, I’m not saying that all Y’s are the same, or that they’re filled with half-naked men dressed in sexually ambiguous costumes. (Thank goodness…) I am saying that it’s a great way to support a wonderful organization and get F-I-T at the same time. Also keep in mind a lot of Y’s offer many amenities that more upscale fitness facilities would charge you an arm, a leg, and a toe for. For example: My local Y offers several Fitness classes such as Zumba, Kickboxing, Step and Spin Classes for no additional fee. They also have two swimming pools, a water slide, sauna, steam room and personal trainers. I’m not saying that all the amenities are free, (there is a fee for all aquatic, yoga, Pilates classes and personal training), but 9 times out of 10 what you want to do is free. Heck, if it’s not I doubt it will be incredibly expensive. Sometimes they offer fitness assessments, or a free orientation to the gym equipment when you sign-up for a membership. Also if you can’t afford a membership they offer scholarship based on your income. All you have to do is ask when you want to apply for a membership, some even have corporate discounts.

So in conclusion, instead of spending buckets of money at a gym or high-priced fitness facility try your local YMCA. Not only are they a great community organization, but for the cost of your membership they also offer lots of seminars and functions to educate you on health and wellness. Sometimes they have classes, or clubs focused on religion, reading, dancing, etc. Also, you would be funding an organization that provides a positive place for kids to go after school, as well as an organization that contributes globally to several relief efforts. So I say support your local YMCA today!

Check out the link to find your nearest Y.