The other day I was working out at my local gym, Santa Cruz Power Fitness, when the owner walked up to me and introduced me to another gym member, Ashley. I had never met Ashley before. The owner asked me, in front of Ashely, “Debbie, if you were unemployed would you give up your gym membership?” You see, Ashley had just lost her job and had come in that day to cancel her membership.
You might imagine my response, being a career coach and all. That plus the fact, I had been in Ashley’s shoes about 3 years ago. Even still, the thought of canceling my gym membership at the time never entered my mind, and I will tell you why.
5 reasons not to give up your gym membership if you are unemployed:
1. Exercise is a natural stress reducer. Exercise is the best natural antidepressant as it pumps up your endorphins which in turn will lift your mood. See what the Mayo Clinic has to say about exercise and stress. Yoga is a personal favorite of mine for reducing stress; and it is a great workout.
2. Great place to network. That $20 gym fee you spend each month might just help you land your next job. It is a fact that 80% of jobs are found through networking. Your local gym is teeming with people who can help you in your job search.
3. Boost your self esteem. A job loss can do a number on your self-esteem. Being physically active will make you feel better about yourself and in turn boost your self-confidence which is critical in your job search.
4. Increase your energy level. Let’s face it, looking for work is a full time job. You will need the additional energy that exercise gives you to conduct a successful job search.
5. Add structure to your day. One of the biggest adjustments for those out of work is not having a routine each day. Incorporating a regular exercise regimen into your daily schedule will help give you purpose and a goal.
Any form of exercise, whether you are an athlete or totally out of shape can help you deal more effectively with the loss of a job and get you back on track. So if you, or anyone you know is considering turning in their gym membership encourage them to reconsider. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.