AS much as we’d like to believe, the year is nearing to Thanksgiving soon and time has indeed zoom past fast! How’s your resolution goals coming along? Don’t reach for that chocolate cake and ice cream, even though you may think they are the elixir for a long and healthy life, we know that’s not the case. We also know that a regular exercise routine is one of the surest paths to a longer and healthier life.
Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, tone up or improve your overall health, it’s the No. 1 reason people of all fitness levels pony up the bucks and decide to join a conveniently located gym. Here are nine reasons why joining a local gym is a really good idea, starting with the most obvious one.
1. Get Healthy
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.”
2. 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 especially when you travel for work or for leisure can provide the incentive you need to make exercise part of your regular routine. Remember to look up for a local gym prior to your travel.
3. 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 wannabe. Physical activity boosts the brain’s production of endorphins, 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.
4. Learn From the Pros
Many local gyms now have professional trainers on staff — often people with university degrees in sports science or other related fields, along with personal training certificates. They are trained to design exercise programs that fit your individual needs in a fun and safe way, showing you proper exercise techniques so that you don’t hurt yourself and that you get the most out of each exercise routine.
5. Sample the Variety
One of the big advantages a local gym has over your condo 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.
6. 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, but with this caveat: make sure you learn the proper technique so that you don’t injure yourself. 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.
7. Sweat Together
Many people find bootcamp 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 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. (Granted, that’s not necessarily a problem for all men) Don’t worry though. They are concentrating on their own form and not watching yours.
8. Get Going
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. And if one of your goals is to rock the swim suit next summer, you’re going to need three to six months to see the gains. It doesn’t happen overnight.
If you do decide to take the plunge and join a local gym, simply sign up at ARFIT CLUB and select from our experienced Fitness and Wellness partners the services you wish to try out today. And if you need some recommendations, feel free to chat with the friendly crew of ARFIT CLUB and one of them will advice you according to your requirements. Remember to go slow at the start to avoid injuries, and have fun watching your body transform to be better.