Gyms/Health Clubs

Gyms/Health Clubs

Gyms/Health Clubs
Gyms offer access to equipment, exercise classes and personal trainers. Exercising at a gym offers benefits such as scheduled exercise classes, which help establish a routine. Also, exercising along with other people is a good motivator in meeting fitness goals.

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    Its important to choose a gym/fitness club that is convient to you. If you choose a gym that takes a half an hour to get to and is on the other side of town, chances are you will not be consistant with going.  It becomes an easier excuse to say your too tired or other things get in the way instead of going to the gym to get your fitness in your day. Choose a gym that is closer to your home or work so that it would be easy to incorporate fitness into your everyday lifestyle.

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    As the Nike logo goes, Just Do It!  This reasoning may be easier said than done.  Prior to joining any gym, figure out your fitness level.  Are you active and ready to take your fitness to the next level but do not have the equipment needed?  Or are you inactive and hope that joining a gym will help you become active?  Both of these answers may be yes but you still need to find the appropriate facility for you.  Now is the time to do your research.  Here is a quick list of items you should use when visiting your next facility:

    • Would this facility be on the way to or from work?
    • If no to the above, would this facility be within 3-5 miles of your house?
    • Does this facility offer personal training and/or the opportunity to meet with a trainer for free to see if personal training would be something of interest to you?
    • Group exercise classes available?  These are great ways to teach people exercise and often included with your membership
    • Do you have to sign a contract and are there ways to get out of the contract?

    Use these and more prior to deciding about joining.  Lastly, many gyms will allow you a free day/week pass so try that out and that may help you decide.

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    Not necessarily. A health club that is perfect for one person might be abhorrent to another. You should join the health club that best suits your needs based on hours of operation, location convenience, and the culture that you experience when you first walk in. All of these things should outweigh how big the gym is or how many amenities it has.

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    You don't have to join a gym unless you like to get the motivation from watching others. The gyms have a lot of machines that don't let you use the core muscles unlike doing push ups for example you need to engage not only your chest muscles but the core as well to keep up the good form.

    Calisthenics do not require equipment. There are many exercises hard enough to make you gain muscle and lose fat at home. Gyms are expensive and usually not convenient. Stick to a home routine and save time and money. Use a gym only with a personal trainer so you are not wondering around on how to use the equipment. The gym can be a change o f pace if you are looking to get into group exercise classes or learn from others.

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    You don't need a gym membership to workout so you should definitely consider finding fitness a routine that works for you. While a gym may offer an assortment of equipment to aid in your workout, there are many activities you can do that require little to no equipment and cost very little or are free. Walking is probably one of the easiest fitness activities you can do without spending any money and can be a great boost to your cardiovascular health. Fitness DVDs are another way to get a great cardio workout and you can do them at home. DVDs can be purchased at a variety of stores or your local library may even have fitness titles available to borrow. A pair of hand weights or a set of resistance bands are other relatively inexpensive items that can really help you with the strength training portion of your routine. Many cities have used sporting good stores which can be a huge help if you feel like you need exercise equipment to workout but are on a tight budget.
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    As a health-club member, a person demonstrates a commitment to improving his quality of life. Whether he knows it or not, he is a role model for family and friends. Studies have shown that a person’s social circle has a significant impact on acceptable behavior. If those one interacts with regularly are sedentary and make poor nutrition choices, one is more likely to do the same. Conversely, by taking care of one's health, a person similarly influences those he cares most about.
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    No. Working out at a gym is simply one way to make exercise more accessible to you. It is very possible to lose weight by exercising outside of gym. Weight loss is the result of “burning” or expending more calories than you consume through food and beverages. This creates a caloric deficit which leads to weight loss. You can increase your caloric burn or expenditure by doing any kind of physical activity that you enjoy. For example, walking, jogging, hiking, dancing, and even strength training with free weights or resistance bands at home will promote weight loss. Although you can do any or all of these activities at a gym, you can also do them at home, outside, or even when traveling, provided that you have the correct equipment.

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    Dr. Larry Hamm, a cardiac rehabilitation specialist at George Washington University, warns, “Most of the fitness clubs, not all, but most clubs hire personal trainers who are only minimally qualified without requiring any kind of college degree or a degree in exercise science or exercise physiology.”

    One quality check is to ask if this facility belongs to a professional fitness association, such as IDEA (www.ideafit.com) or IHRSA (www.ihrsa.org). Make sure the staff’s personal certifications are from an accredited organization.

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    There are a few simple steps that can help you avoid germs at the gym. The germ most likely to pose a problem in an exercise facility is tinea, a type of fungus that cause skin infections. Tinea infections are responsible for two common skin problems: athlete's foot and jock itch. This fungus flourishes in a warm, damp environment, common in locker rooms and showers.

    Athlete's foot causes itching, burning, and flaking of the skin. To lower your risk of athlete's foot, wear sandals or flip-flops when you walk around the locker room and when you shower.

    Jock itch causes a rash, itching, and skin flaking in the groin and upper thighs. To prevent jock itch, wash thoroughly after exercising. Dry the skin well with a clean towel. Never share towels. Dry your groin and upper thighs before toweling off your feet if you are already affected by athlete's foot.

    Your doctor can give you advice on controlling tinea if you find the condition difficult to manage on your own.
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    I would recommend joining a Gym or Health Club that is in close proximity to either your Home or place of Work.  If it is too far away then there is a bigger chance of finding excuses to miss workouts.
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