Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Why I Quit Jazzercise

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I'm not sure if you've noticed from my lack of posting about it but, I decided at the beginning of this year not to renew my Jazzercise membership. This was kind of a big deal, considering how much I loved Jazzercise!

I tried Jazzercise for the first time in my adult life about 9 months after Piper was born, in October of 2015. Our local Jazzercise studio was hosting a free month of classes, for new people to give it a try. My mom and my sister got me to go for my first class, and I was hooked. At the beginning of November, I signed up for a 3-month membership! You can read about when I started Jazzercise, here: Addicted to Jazzercise.

During the winter of 2015/2016, Jazzercise was my lifeline. At the time, I was a stay at home mom to a one-year old, and my husband worked all day and went to night classes a couple times a week. Jazzercise was my much needed "me time". It gave me something healthy to look forward to at the end of some very long days.

After my 3 month membership was up in January 2016, I renewed for the entire year. 2016 was a great year for me to be a member of Jazzercise. Considering the season I was in, it was exactly what I needed. I got to meet new people, work out and spend an hour just focusing on myself. As the mom of a one-year old, it was a great outlet.

Once summer rolled around, I started to notice myself going to Jazzercise class less and less. Nick was finally graduated from his schooling, so we got him back at nights all throughout the week. The weather was nicer and I found myself wanting to spend my evenings outside instead of inside a Jazzercise studio. It was hard because I knew that I had paid for the entire year, so I started to feel guilty for not going. I picked it up again back in the Fall but, it just wasn't exactly the same.



This past Fall and Winter has been the first of those seasons in 5 years where my husband hasn't had to go to night classes a few times a week. I found myself getting more "me time" just from him being home more, and not needing Jazzercise as much as an outlet as I did before. Also, despite how much I don't want to admit it, Jazzercise was doing a number on my knees and I had to take in consideration that the price went up for 2017. So, I made the decision at the end of 2016 to end my membership.

Do I miss Jazzercise? Yes, sometimes. I definitely miss the people! I made a few really great friends during my time there. I miss the atmosphere, too. But, it just wasn't worth the money this year. Jazzercise wasn't making me lose weight, which could have been because I used it more as an outlet as-needed rather than a strict workout regime. I have actually come to find more success in losing weight after quitting Jazzercise. Since quitting, from January through March, I ending up losing 15 pounds {with very minimal exercise at all}.

Going to Jazzercise wasn't all about the weight-loss for me. Is that a nice benefit when it happens? Of course. But, going to Jazzercise was more than that, and the season for it in my life has seemed to come and past. Will there be another season in my life for Jazzercise? I sure hope so! I loved what Jazzercise was for me; a place where I only focused on only myself but, also a place where I didn't have to be alone. A group therapy, if you will.

So, while I am no longer a member of Jazzercise, I will tell you that I still highly recommend it. Did it help me to lose weight? Not as much as I thought it would. It did something more meaningful than that for me. It gave me a place to feel like I was still apart of the world at a time when I felt secluded as a stay-at-home mom to an infant and, it gave me the feeling you get when you're doing something well for yourself. It was perfect for the season I was in but, I am in a new season now.

2 comments:

  1. My Zumba classes were that for me....exercise but a social outlet....but sadly that season of life passed for me. Maybe someday I'll get back to it as I do sometimes miss it!!!

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