Here are reasons why a gym membership is a really good idea
A gym encourages you to do a balanced program that includes both aerobic and strength training exercises. These promote heart health and weight loss, help prevent osteoporosis and improve muscle strength, balance and flexibility. If weight loss is a primary goal, consider the mantra of a friend who tells me “nothing tastes as good as getting in shape feels.”
Find Support and Motivation
Some people really enjoy exercise; for others, it’s a chore. If you fall into that latter group, being surrounded by other people who are in the same boat can provide the incentive you need to make exercise part of your regular routine. Your initial intention might be to drag yourself to the gym twice a week, but once you find your rhythm, you may end up going on a more regular basis, which will help make your goals more attainable.
Get Stress Relief
Virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever — whether you’re a serious athlete or an out of shape want to be. Physical activity boosts the brain’s production of endorphin’s, which simply makes us feel better physically and have a brighter emotional outlook. Exercise reduces tensions in both the body and the mind, which can improve your mood and the quality of your sleep. For many people, the gym becomes a bit of sanctuary where you can turn off the phone and forget all of the troubles at work or in your personal life.
Vary from Routine
One of the big advantages a gym has over your guest room/home gym is the wide array of weights, machines, exercise classes and other elements. This gives you the opportunity to try new exercise equipment and vary your routine. If you do the same workout day-in and day-out, your body builds a type of muscle memory and the gains you make are incrementally decreased. Fitness experts say that finding different ways to exercise the same muscles and muscle groups can improve the quality of your workout.
Learn From Each Other
Inevitably you’ll see the people around you doing exercises that are new to you and may look sort of fun. You can certainly borrow and learn from others, Just because someone else is doing something that looks interesting, doesn’t mean that they know what they’re doing. On the other hand, most people are happy to share the knowledge they’ve acquired. Ask them what that exercise is meant to accomplish and about the proper form to do it right.
Many people find exercise classes to be the most efficient and fun way to get a full body workout. There’s usually a very energetic leader to help provide you with some extra energy and motivation. Many people do have to get over the hump initially of being the class newbie, where it seems like you’re the only one who doesn’t know the right steps or positions, or the only man in a class of a dozen women. Don’t worry though. They are concentrating on their own form and not watching yours.
If you’re serious about losing weight and getting in better shape, there’s no better time to start than right now. The longer you put it off, the more excuses you’ll come up with.
It’s alright if you aren’t the most motivated individual in the gym. As long as you are trying and want to improve yourself you already have the recipe for success. You just have to dedicate yourself and you will find success. It may take a while but you will get there. So get in the gym and be active and live a healthy lifestyle. No excuses!