The idea of investing in a gym membership can be a little overwhelming. Just the thought of committing to a year-long membership is enough to send some of us into flight-or-fight mode. Commitment issues aside, the financial obligation can be a source of stress in itself, not to mention the question of where to join, how long to join for, and what the heck do you do once you get there? Depending on where you live, of course, your gym options could be myriad or fairly limited, but some gyms (like most YMCAs) offer financial assistance.
If a traditional gym isn't a great fit for you, consider your local recreation center, as these facilities often offer a variety of plans with varying degrees of financial and time commitments. All gyms should offer an introduction where you are given a tour of the facility and can become acquainted with what they offer. Check and see if they offer the services of a personal trainer - even if it's not complimentary, it's a great investment, especially if you're just starting on your fitness journey and aren't entirely sure of what to do. And there is, of course, the option of not going to a gym at all. With a little creativity, you can create the gym experience in your own home or outside. The financial investment is only as much as you want it to be - buy some weights or use objects around your house as makeshift dumbbells. Fitness is never out of reach - it's only a question of whether you make the effort to find a solution that works with your personal situation.