A New Year has arrived and during this time we reflect on what shortcomings we have and devise plans to address them. Losing weight and getting in shape are by far one of the most popular resolutions – gyms and fitness clubs often see record number of sign-ups during this time. If you are one of those persons with a newly minted goal of losing weight – read on to make sure you stick to your new year's resolution!
Deciding to Be Healthier - An Important Step
First and foremost, congratulations on recognizing the need to be healthier! This is the first step in anything – losing weight will often make you more nimble, positive, and enhance your self-image. It can result in improving your relationships with yourself, others, and create new ones. It is great for relieving stress as well – have a bad day at the office? Make sure you go for a fifteen minute run later that day – it will melt away!
If you have never exercised before, it’s important to find a gym or health club that is supportive and easy for you to visit. This is of paramount importance, as any difficulty in traveling to the gym will often deter you from working out there long term. You’ll also want an environment where you’ll feel comfortable – as you are a new member, and often have ways to go before looking like a supermodel!
Learning about Exercise Routines and Techniques
It is wise to read up on proper techniques, equipment, and workout programs before starting. The last thing you’ll want to do is injure yourself. Gyms with personal trainers are great, some will even offer you complimentary sessions upon signing up. If money is an issue and you have a small budget, consider reading up yourself on our website or purchasing a great book called The Gold's Gym Beginner's Guide to Fitness.
If you do decide to join a gym, and we recommend that - you may want to purchase a full-year membership in advance as well – not only will this often result in a discount, but it will push you to keep going as you have more invested. If you anticipate moving soon, be sure to inquire about refunds or credits in those instances. Most gyms or fitness clubs will have some sort of policy depending on the distance moved to and some will allow you to transfer memberships to another location if applicable.Cancelling gyms is often not as easy or clear as it should be - especially cancelling for members of World Gym.
You can find a local gym in seconds using Reviewagym.com’s quick finder. You simply enter your zip code and the website returns local gyms in seconds. You can also read or write reviews about the gym once you have an idea about the environment.
Joined a Gym? Be Disciplined And Commit To Going!
Once you’ve joined the health club, be sure to visit frequently, set aside time for it, and develop a routine. Joining fitness classes are also recommended, as it is often motivating to work out with others. You can make new friends and bring old ones as well!
If you are not joining a gym, consider walking more, running and purposely making yourself do more. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the store entrance, take longer ways back home.
Finally, be careful on what you eat. Develop healthy eating habits and avoid fried, fast, and fattening foods. Avoid soda, alcohol and unhealthy snacks such as potato chips. Replace bad snacks with granola bars packed with whole grains and fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer. Adopt healthy diets to reduce caloriic intake.
In a few weeks, you’ll develop a liking to fitness and become addicted to working out (yes it will actually happen!). Enjoy your new self this year and stay healthy friends!