Are you thinking about joining a gym in your local area to help you to achieve your health and fitness goals? I’ve been a regular user of gyms for over five years now, and I’ve learned a lot about the good, the bad, and the ugly! Before you rush into signing up for a membership, there are a few very important things that you should consider.
Let’s take a look at them right now…
Is it really necessary?
Okay, so I don’t want to start things off on a negative slant, but the one is something that you should really think long and hard about! A gym often involves a significant monthly investment, and the prospect of joining can seem really exciting. But do you have other options?
It’s free to get outside and go running. For me, I do think it’s worth spending the money. Going to a gym keeps me motivated and it’s an important part of my social life. Do remember though that you have other options. It’s all about working out what’s right for your individual circumstances.
Can you get a great deal?
It’s not very British to haggle, but before you cough up any money, do a little digging into any deals that might be available that could save you some money. You might be able to waive a joining fee if you commit to being a member for a certain amount of time, for example, or you might be able to get some freebies thrown in.
For more information on how to get the best deals, check out Money Saving Expert’s fantastic guide.
Will you get the help and support that you need?
How experienced are you when it comes to using gym equipment? If you’re fairly new, then it may be worth considering whether a personal trainer will be on hand to help you to get to grips with the basics. Some gyms will offer access to trainers as standard, and others may have package sessions that you can buy.
Attending a gym can be really daunting, but you need to remember that the staff are there to help. Don’t be scared to ask any questions that you might have, and speak up if there’s anything that you’re confused about. You deserve to feel comfortable and confident when you’re working out, and everyone is at a different stage in their journey.
For me, my gym membership is definitely worth the monthly price I pay. It keeps me motivated, accountable, and I really enjoy all my sessions – especially afterwards when I hit the sauna to chill out!
Do you have a gym membership? If so, what advice would you share with other people who are thinking about taking the leap?