Every summer, Philadelphians put their heavy coats into long-term storage and don their flip flops and tank tops, vowing not to set foot indoors until Labor Day. Some pack their swimsuits and beach towels, heading to the sunny beaches of the Jersey shore, while others spend their days relaxing in local parks. But this year, something is different.
Keeping Your Gym Memberships During Warm Seasons
While the seasonal migration of Philadelphia residents is anticipated to remain much the same, one notable change is clear: thousands of individuals have decided to keep their gym memberships active despite upcoming travel plans.
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“In the past, it was like I forgot I still lived here during the week” says Suzie Robb, local Fishtown resident who plans to spend most of her time this summer checking out Philly’s pop-up beer garden scene. “I actually still have a lot of time to go to the gym. I usually workout three or four times a week, and if I go before work I can still keep up with my normal routine.”
“Plus, it makes my summer splurges guilt free. I feel like I earned that extra round of drinks.”
Exercising before work might be a great fit for people already in a routine, but what about those people who are new to exercise? Shouldn’t they wait until September to get into the gym?
“I started working out last summer when I was training for a Spartan race,” explains Garrett Hoover, Philadelphia resident and obstacle race enthusiast. “To me, using the gym during the summer seems like a natural fit, like spaghetti and meatballs. Hitting the gym when I can, makes me feel more prepared to do all the other stuff I like during the summer, like hiking and playing basketball.”
It seems like people all over Philadelphia will be finding time to pump iron this summer in between runs down Kelly Drive and ice cream cones on the boardwalk.
Will you be one of them?