I have heard people, myself included say “why should I pay for gym memberships rather than just working out at home for free?”
Free is great, right?
Maybe not as much as you think. While it is absolutely true that saving money is a great thing, the fact is that paying the membership fees and taking that trip to work out in public really is a better idea if you really want to get fit, Don’t believe me? Here are five reasons why you should.
If you’re anything like me, every year or two you make a resolution to get fit. You start out strong, and then somehow a month or two later you slide right back into your previous rut. Does this sound like you? If so, then you’re not alone.
80% of people fail in keeping New Year’s resolutions by February.
Those numbers don’t sound exceptionally encouraging do they? The thing is that staying motivated is a problem no matter when in the year you make the decision to change your life. How can joining the gym help?
Feeling accountable for your fitness is the key. Paying gym membership fees sets your mind to the idea that you have made a stronger commitment. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you know that you are paying for a service, and you are definitely going to want to get your money’s worth!
If you paid $50 a month or more, are you going to want to have that extra lie in? No!
Keeping up your motivation long enough to receive the other benefits of fitness is now closer than ever to being achieved!
Variety is the spice of life!
Sounds cliche doesn’t it? Think about it like this: Does anyone really want to keep doing something that they find boring and repetitive? Of course not!
People exercise to see results.
No one wants to work hard only to feel like they’re spinning their wheels. I know that I certainly don’t! In order to see results, the first thing you have to do is keep going. Secondly, you need to work the entire body in order to see full body improvement.
So how do you stop yourself from falling into the boredom trap? If you said join a gym, you’ve gotten the entire point of this post. Having a membership will give you access to many different fitness options to help you reach your personal fitness goals.
Oh, I don’t need help to exercise!
Have you heard anyone say this? If you haven’t then I’ll admit to having told people this same thing countless times! I said over and over that I didn’t need a single over paid person to tell me how to exercise. It’s a no-brainer right? Well, it turns out, that’s not exactly accurate.
Poorly executed exercises, especially when you’re out of shape, can lead to some pretty painful injuries. Trust me, I know.
When I took up yoga I was still pretty flexible. I’d just had my second child a few months before and desperately wanted to get back my pre-pregnancy body. Yoga sounded like just the thing for me! I went to the local library and found a book on poses and got started. Thirty minutes later I was twisted comfortably into an awkward position, and things were going great!
Then I got startled.
My instinctual flinch when my door was flung open immediately sent me into realms of pain that I had never reached ever before. (Please keep in mind that I had given birth. Twice.) All I could see, hear, and taste was agony. It tastes a bit like copper and gunpowder in case you were wondering.
Fortunately for me, my intruder was my grandma’s husband (who really needed to learn how to enter a room like a normal human) and I was carted, screaming, to the emergency room.
Would a trainer have saved me? I like to think so. Maybe I would have not been in a position too advanced for me, or perhaps in a less enclosed environment I would have been less surprised by noises. Either way, don’t be me.
Better safe than sorry.
When you pay for something you care more about it.
Don’t believe me? It’s sad but true. Knowing that you have invested something as important (and visible) to most people as money rouses almost everyone to the call of using what you’ve paid for. The general consensus seems to be “I paid for it, and I’m going to get my money’s worth!”
While pursuing your determination to eek every penny’s worth of activity out of your chosen facility you’ll meet new people.
Showing up to the same place twice, three times, even seven times (I know some people) a week gains you a passing amount of familiarity with your fellow gym goers.
Eventually, those regulars will be used to your schedule and will start to greet you with a kind word or an inquiry on your mood of the day. You might even make some friends!
The new relationships you will develop will instill in you a sense of accountability for keeping to your schedule because you know that your new friends will be waiting for you with a happy smile and a new smoothie recipe.
Have you ever taken a stroll down a park path? Perhaps you have jogged peacefully around a school track while blaring Chariots of Fire from your i-pod ear buds? It’s positively utopian.
Too bad that’s not the way things always happen.
Rain, cold, storms, or searing heat, any of these can be an impediment to exercise. Personally, I am prone to neglecting my outdoor fitness routine for any of these things. Luckily for all of us, there is a simple solution!
Did anyone guess joining a gym?
Well, it’s true! Plenty of gyms now have not just the usual treadmills, bikes, and weight sets, but also give you access to year round, weather safe, tracks, rock climbing walls, pools, and more!
Finally! No more weather related excuses to not exercise!
Guess I’ll have to make up another one now. Or just, y’know, actually do my workouts.