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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    Whether working out at home or at a gym, success is more easily achieved when a person is able to be consistent with an exercise program, says Gabe Clements, C-ATC at Centerpoint Medical Center. When weight lifting at home, options include free weights, band exercises, workout videos, plyometrics and home equipment. At a gym, there will be professional-grade equipment, classes and access to personal trainers. Home workouts may be less expensive, but gyms often offer specials and waive membership fees, and some insurance plans provide medical reimbursement that can offset the cost of using a gym or personal coach. Whether working out at home or at a gym, it must be a regime that the person is able and willing to do on a regular basis.

    This content originally appeared online at HCA Midwest Health.
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    The best way to reduce the risk of contracting diseases of the foot is to keep the floor of the gym disinfected after each class that enters the studio. Keeping all mats, and surfaces your clients may come in contact disinfected would help decrease the risk of spread of infections as well.
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     While your fitness efforts may be paying off when you look in the mirror, chances are you could be getting the same -- if not better -- results in a shorter amount of time if you cut out exercise time-wasters. Here are the top five to trim from your routine.
    • Getting too much rest. It's true that your muscles should get a bit of rest in between intense workouts, but sitting idly on the machine or standing around the water fountain isn't doing you any favors. Instead, separate your exercises into muscle-specific moves. That way, while you do a set for one muscle group, your other groups are resting. Or, do cardiovascular exercise in between strength training to burn more calories and promote muscle recovery.
    • Watching TV or reading. It might make working out more bearable, but watching TV or reading while you sweat it out can make your workouts longer because you could go easy on yourself while you're focused on these activities.
    • Chatting with friends. The buddy system is a great way to stay motivated, but it's important to keep your socializing to a minimum when you're getting down to business. You might not achieve your maximum cardio potential if you're trying to save enough breath to tell your pal about your latest life happenings. Isolate the chitchat to warm-ups and cool-downs.
    • Using the wrong form. No matter how much time you spend doing exercises and how much energy you exert while you're at them, you're wasting your time if you're doing the moves incorrectly. If you don't have the right form, you could be hurting or straining your muscles, and you're probably not getting the benefits you think you are. Do some research online and watch a few videos to learn the proper methods, or ask a trainer at your gym for a demo.
    • Doing too many reps. It might seem like doing 20, 40 or 60 reps on a weight machine is a good idea, but you can get better results quicker if you just increase the weight you're using. If you're using the proper amount of weight, you shouldn't be able to do that many reps. Anywhere from eight to 15 reps is standard for general muscle conditioning. If you feel like you could do more, add weight.
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    It is possible to get certain illnesses or skin rashes from unclean workout equipment, but if you are prepared it is possible to avoid this. Using disinfectant wipes, which are usually provided in gyms, before you use equipment can help to avoid getting sick from the equipment. You can also use hand sanitizer before and after your workout. Don’t forget to wipe down community workout mats, yoga mats, medicine balls and hand weights as well.
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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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    Gym bags of yesterday carried two things: a pair of sneakers and stench that resembled bad bologna. If you work out someplace other than your home, you can stock your gym bag with a few other items. These items will not only help make your workout more comfortable but can also make you healthier.

    Clothes
    • Shirts and socks that wick away moisture and keep you cool and comfortable (and shorts or warm-up pants, of course)
    • Well-fitting shoes for your sport of choice
    • Flip-flops for the shower to decrease the risk of being exposed to fungi
    • Gloves for weight lifting (to avoid small cuts and calluses from lifting, and also to lessen the chance of passing along germs when you shake hands or picking up germs from the equipment)
    • A towel (even if the gym provides one, bring your own because gyms tend not to use enough detergent at a high enough temperature to kill MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

    Equipment
    • Heart-rate monitor (keep heart rate at 80 percent of max possible—which is 220 minus your age—for most of the time you're on a cardio machine, and push to maximum heart rate for the final minute of every 10 with doc's approval)
    • Earphones and audio player (but keep the volume under 85 decibels; that's about a 6–7 on most handheld audio players)
    • Elastic bandages for tight wrapping (RICE protocol) if you twist an ankle
    • Plastic baggies to hold ice for injuries

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    • A pocket-size antibacterial gel if your gym doesn't have some (use after your workout because you have been gripping sweaty objects)
    • Alcohol spritzer to wipe down sweaty machines (if the bozo ahead of you didn't wipe it down himself)
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    Psychologically gyms can be a great place for people who are new to exercise because it can provide easy access to equipment and social support. However many people end up feeling a sense of confusion because they don't know how to use the equipment or use it properly and they end up frustrated because they don't get the support they were looking for.

     

    Gyms are great but there are so many things you do without a gym and these things end up costing you a lot less money and many times provides a greater sense of satisfaction. For example, walking, bicycle riding, hiking, shooting baskets, tennis, swimming, etc.

     

    If you own a Wii there are some great fitness programs. You may hire a personal trainer to come into your home for a session or two to help you set up a program.

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    The best solution is to prepare in advance for varying temperatures. Layer your clothing to allow you the flexibility to add on a layer if you are too cold or take off a layer if you get too hot. In addition, many different clothing manufacturers make clothes to compensate for uncomfortable conditions. If the workout site is too extreme in the temperature, many companies make clothes labeled 'cold gear' or 'hot gear' which provide great resistance to external environments.

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    The first thing you should do when you get to the gym is to get a tour of the facility and gain an understanding of what the facility offers in terms of equipment and classes. This will help you to find your way around and to know what you will be doing while you are there. This may even give you helpful suggestions of things to try that you hadn't thought of. Psychologically this will help you feel more comfortable and will give you information around how to build your workout plan and schedule. 


    Another helpful tip when first getting to the gym is to see who can help you set up a plan and figure out how to work the equipment. These things can cause confusion and get in the way of continued exercise. 

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    There are many specialty health clubs which are sports oriented. They will differ in amenities, but some of the more popular features include basketball courts, racquetball, pools, rock climbing walls, and tennis courts. Another option is to find a facility that specializes in athletic training. Places like this will be customized for a particular sport such as a baseball batting facility or martial arts dojo.