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Why GYM?

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, tone up or improve your overall health, new year’s resolutions are the No. 1 reason people of all fitness levels pony up the bucks and decide to join a conveniently located gym. Here are some good¬†reasons why a gym membership is a really good idea

 

Get Healthy
A gym encourages you to do a balanced program that includes both aerobic and strength training exercises. These promote heart health and weight loss, help prevent osteoporosis and improve muscle strength, balance and flexibility. If weight loss is a primary goal, consider the mantra “nothing tastes as good as getting in shape feels.”

 

Find Support and Motivation
Some people really enjoy exercise; for others, it’s a chore. If you fall into that latter group, being surrounded by other people who are in the same boat can provide the incentive you need to make exercise part of your regular routine. Your initial intention might be to drag yourself to the gym twice a week, but once you find your rhythm, you may end up going on a more regular basis, which will help make your goals more attainable.

 

Get Stress Relief
Physical activity boosts the brain’s production of endorphins, which simply makes us feel better physically and have a brighter emotional outlook. Exercise reduces tensions in both the body and the mind, which can improve your mood and the quality of your sleep. For many people, the gym becomes a bit of sanctuary where you can turn off the phone and forget all of the troubles at work or in your personal life.

Learn From the Pros
Many gyms now have professional trainers on staff — often people with college degrees in sports science or other related fields, along with personal training certificates. They are trained to design exercise programs that fit your individual needs in a fun and safe way, showing you proper exercise techniques so that you don’t hurt yourself and that you get the most out of each exercise routine.

 

Sample the Variety
One of the big advantages a gym has over your guest room/home gym is the wide array of weights, machines, exercise classes and other elements. This gives you the opportunity to try new exercise equipment and vary your routine. If you do the same workout day-in and day-out, your body builds a type of muscle memory and the gains you make are incrementally decreased. Fitness experts say that finding different ways to exercise the same muscles and muscle groups can improve the quality of your workout.

 

Learn From Each Other
Inevitably you’ll see the people around you doing exercises that are new to you and may look sort of fun. You can certainly borrow and learn from others, but with this caveat: make sure you learn the proper technique so that you don’t injure yourself. Just because someone else is doing something that looks interesting, doesn’t mean that they know what they’re doing. On the other hand, most people are happy to share the knowledge they’ve acquired. Ask them what that exercise is meant to accomplish and about the proper form to do it right.

 

Sweat Together
Many people find exercise classes to be the most efficient and fun way to get a full body workout. You can do everything from Aerobics to Zumba, and from kickboxing to yoga. There’s usually a very energetic leader to help provide you with some extra energy and motivation. Many people do have to get over the hump initially of being the class newbie, where it seems like you’re the only one who doesn’t know the right steps or positions, or the only man in a class of a dozen women. (Granted, that’s not necessarily a problem for all men) Don’t worry though. They are concentrating on their own form and not watching yours.

October 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why GYM?

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