When I first graduated from college, I had a whole bunch of debt.
I had tons of student loans to pay off as well as car payments and health insurance.
I took a low paying, entry level job in my field and found a really cheap apartment. The apartment was located in a sketchy neighborhood. It was also very cramped. I barely had enough room to unroll a yoga mat. I couldn’t afford a gym membership and didn’t dare run through my neighborhood. I started driving to nearby parks and athletic fields in order to workout. I’d run on the track or along paths through the woods. I’d unroll my yoga mat in the grass or jump rope at the park. I got where I really liked working out in new places. It kept things interesting and fun. Eventually, I started making enough money to afford a nicer apartment. I now live in a huge complex that includes tons of amenities. I have access to a huge swimming pool that is always perfectly maintained. I often swim laps for my workout. There is also a fitness center located right in the building that is open twenty-four hours a day. I usually workout very early in the morning or late at night because I have the facility all to myself. The gym is equipped with the latest workout technology. There are treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, a rowing machine and free weights. I use the gym approximately three or four days per week. I still like to hop in my car and find a new place to run every now and then.