Will signing on the dotted line help you commit to fitness?
We have all been there. You’ve done the tour. Fell in love with the spa. Seen rows of super-fit people in stylish workout outfits pounding away on the treadmill. You think this could be you. You’re going to be one of those shiny gym people! It’s going to change your life. And if you’re paying – you’ll definitely go, right?
Well, it seems that in some cases the answer is a big fat no. People sign up for expensive gym memberships, only to slow down after a few weeks and often stop going at all. Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone, but it happens often enough that joining a gym isn’t something you should do lightly. It requires research, consideration, and a commitment bigger than a sizable direct debit. Today, I want to look at gym memberships to help you decide if you should take the plunge.
Your Health Is THE Biggest Investment You Can Make
If you’re considering joining a gym, then you’re considering investing in your long-term health and fitness. Trust me, that’s one of the best investments you can make. So, if you’re really ready to commit to this thing then a gym could be a great idea. But (and it is an important but) it isn’t going to do the work for you. You have to really want this.
It’s About More Than Money
Lots of people focus on the cost of a gym. That’s the thing they uhm and ah about. Is it really worth the money? The truth is that deciding to sign up to a gym is about much more than cash. It’s about being prepared to make a sizable investment of time and energy. And, to make a concerted change to your lifestyle and diet. If you’re eating junk food all day, no amount of time spent at the gym is going to change it.
2/3 of People Don’t Use Their Gym Membership
Yep, it’s a scary statistic and should make you think long and hard before signing on the dotted line. Never join a gym on a whim and never sign up on the spot. Take your time and really consider why you want to sign up and why.
A Gym Membership Should Always Be Part Of a Wider Fitness Plan
A gym can’t put in the sweat for you. It won’t drag your butt out of bed in the morning when it’s cold and dark. It won’t push you to lift heavier or run faster. You need to work out a schedule, figure out what classes you are going to sign up for, work out your diet. A gym is just a tool in a much more complex and wide-ranging commitment to your health.
Build a Fitness Plan Around What You Enjoy
Gyms can be a great fitness tool, but they come in different shapes and sizes, and the truth is, that they don’t suit every fitness style. If you love working out outdoors and your gym doesn’t offer that, it probably isn’t going to work. If you’re not a fan of huge crowds then the big chain gym next to your office is probably not going to be a place you want to be at five pm every day. At FitFusion PT, we do things a little differently. We take a personalised approach, putting your unique strengths at the centre of every programme. We have a dedicated outside workout zone, fun group sessions and none of the fighting for space or attention that you get at a corporate gym. This is fun and friendly fitness designed around your goals.
If you’re ready to commit to your fitness but want a bespoke experience that puts your needs first, get in touch. We would love to help you uncover a fitter, healthier, and happier you. Next week, I want to get physical, and it’s all about the arms. I’ll share my favourite exercises for strong, toned arms that are going to have you reaching for a tank top! Until then, stay awesome.