Do you need to join a gym?
When you're thinking of getting healthier and committing to a training regime, getting a gym membership is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Generally, this is what follows: you agree to pay a lot of money to have access to a building with a lot of equipment. Feeling determined, you go to the gym every other day. Then life will take over with work, family, or general stress and you miss a week. The next week you're not feeling well, so you don't go then either. You find yourself at the gym maybe once a week, but you tell yourself it's worth it as it’s for your health. Suddenly, it's been three months, and you've been there just twice, and your money has been wasted.
If the above isn’t you and you’ve managed to get yourself into a lifestyle which includes regular gym training 3 times per week, then congratulations as you’re in the minority. Research conducted by ’Fridge Raiders’ found 23% of us Brits are gym members, but only 12% use the facilities regularly. It’s estimated that we waste £369 billon a year on unused gym memberships, which is a staggering figure.
I hear you, “so what is the answer to sustainable healthy living?” That question depends on you as an individual. If you prefer a group environment, find a group training facility that interests you, such as Zumba, running clubs, bootcamps or various sports teams.
If you are feel intimidated at the gym or less confident in a group setting, perhaps an online training plan where contact is through your phone with an online trainer who can create a bespoke training plan for you either in the gym, at home or outdoors.
If you just don’t know where to begin, perhaps hiring a personal trainer who can provide the equipment, knowledge and support you’re after to get going. You may wish to continue with the trainer, or part ways after you’ve gained the confidence boost you needed.
Nevertheless, if you are confident in a gym environment and are achieving the results you really want then keep at it and enjoy it, as you’re in the minority. Just don’t drop your weights, grunt like our ancestors or leave weights out in a mess for someone to trip over.
Here is an actionable plan which includes progressions (making the exercise harder) and regressions (making the exercise easier) to get you started with some tips you might find useful.
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