We just went through the painful-on-the-pocketbook renewal of our fees for our gym/club this past month. As I was running on the beach the other day (and -cough- NOT on the treadmill at the club... which I never do by the way, only run on the lagoa or at the beach. Which begs the question as to why we belong but really it is mostly to take the Canadoca to the pool! Ok, it is also really nice to have the option of working out indoors when it is pouring buckets or steaming hot.) when it occurred to me that we are suckers! You can work out for free in Rio, and like at the gym or academia as they are called here, you can even spot novella stars if you are lucky. Some of Rio's free outdoor exercise equipment has been recently revamped. Check it out!