We all know about the health benefits of joining a gym, and why it’s important to exercise on a regular basis, but have you ever stopped to consider the other advantages of becoming a member at your local health club? If you thought working your way to a healthier lifestyle was a solitary pursuit that only the single-minded are able to achieve, then perhaps you should think again. Here are four other good reasons to sign on the dotted line.
One of the most productive ways to get more out of gym membership is to join with a friend, because the company will help to encourage you to go more often. It’s good to have someone beside you when you’re on the treadmill or exercise bike, for example, and it goes without saying that if there was an element of competition between you that would be even better. Whether you’re with a friend, a work colleague or a partner, double the members can equal double the fun.
Meet new friends
Whether you join a state of the art health complex that has all the buzzers and bells you’d expect or perhaps an older establishment that’s home to just a few machines, you can be sure there will be plenty of people there who are exactly like you. This is why so many people make new people when they join, and in some cases they remain friends for a lifetime. There’s nothing quite like a shared experience to create a bond, especially when you both have the same targets in mind.
The feel-good factor
This is an aspect that is often overlooked, but it should be noted by anyone who is weighing up a decision to become a member or not. Exercise is always good for you, of course, but the afterglow can be just as beneficial. You will leave the gym in a happier state of mind, and will be far more self-satisfied in the process. Being pleased with yourself is something of an intangible factor, of course, but it’s no less real. Just ask regular visitors about it.
All the fun of the facilities
Many modern health clubs are so much more than gyms these days, so if you’re paying a monthly membership fee you need to make sure you get the most from it. Facilities will differ from one location to the next, of course, but they could include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa. If you live within easy reach of several clubs, the extra amenities that are on offer could be the deal-breaker when deciding which to join.
David Showell is a UK resident who is keen to join his local gym. He works for comparecarhire.co.uk.