contracts

Contracts are shit. Maybe I’m just really against them at the moment because I was just told I can’t cancel my gym membership; even though it says on the physical piece of paper I got when I signed up that I can, with a fee of course. Why do business’s feel the need to suck people in and trap them in a “contract”?

I have had a few unpleasant experiences with contracts in my adult life (over the past year) which leaves me wondering; why do we even enter contracts? Are they merely a tool for businesses to make money off of people? Are big businesses that create these “contracts” actually that heartless and force people to continue paying for something that, for a good reason, they can’t continue paying?

The concept is so peculiar when you actually think about it. A yearly contract; sure it gives the contractee some reassurance that you will be complying to the conditions for another 365 days but normally they don’t take into consideration the fact that humans are fluid and impermanent creatures. Someones way of life can change overnight. They don’t take into consideration that shit happens, that people change their minds, that a persons life can go off on a tangent. I’m not saying that something dramatic has changed in my life to force my to cancel the gym, however last year when my life did actually take a turn and I was unable to comply with a contract I had to pay 6K for it. 6K for getting glandular fever. The most expensive illness I have ever had in my life.

Yes, I am venting from my ordeal, but being told you are stuck paying $10 a week for the rest of the year sucks. Especially when you read all the terms and conditions at the beginning which said you can cancel. It doesn’t help that people lack empathy either. “Retail assistants” or “Customer Service Assistants” are there to “assist” the customer right? Then why do they try so hard to not assist you? If they really were living up to their job title they would help you to find a solution, instead of telling you that you should force yourself to go to the gym everyday for the rest of the year and that physical exercise is actual good for you. Do I look unhealthy woman? Seriously.

It’s not that I am against going to the gym either. I used to love going to the gym. I love physical exercise and pumping the iron. However, my views have shifted and now what I don’t understand is why we have to pay for physical exercise? Why did the gym lady give me the biggest greasy when I told her I was doing yoga from home, for free in fact? Why did she look at me as though I’m a lazy shit?

Why is walking not considered “proper exercise”? Why are free yoga classes and free group fitness classes not considered real exercise? Why is there such strict guidelines on “what” physical activity to do and “how intensely” you should do it? In a society than constantly encourages you to be healthy and exercise it sure does make you pay a lot for it. Which makes you think, is the whole “physical exercise/health” movement actually a money making strategy? How many businesses are making billions of dollars off of people who feel like they are too fat or too unhealthy and need to pay butt loads of money for that gym membership or that lite n easy subscription so that they are accepted in the world.

Sure there has been studies to show that 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical exercise should be done everyday, but its not really that hard to incorporate exercise into your daily life. 30 minutes a day is only 2.08% of your day. You could be doing fuck all during the other 97.92% but because your doing 30 minutes of exercise a day your automatically redeemed and considered healthy again. Bingo!

Anyways, I am going to try and cancel this dumb membership but in the end I will probably end up paying $10 a week because its too difficult to cancel. Which is what they wanted right? There you go gym, I has succumbed to your plans and have been sucked into the corporate world.

Congratulations.

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