Trying to decide whether a membership to the gym is right for you? Here are a few reasons you should consider it.
- Accountability. It's easy to make a resolution to improve your health by getting fit. After a few weeks of home-brewed workouts, things might start getting in the way. You may find there are too many distractions at home to reach your goals. Joining a gym gives you a place to escape the tensions of daily life and work on improving your focus, strength and willpower. Additionally, rain, sleet and snow will not get in the way of a day's activity when there is a bright, dry facility waiting for you.
- Belonging. What better way to meet like-minded people than straining on a bench or sweating on a treadmill? Members have access to a huge selection of trainers and instructors to help them make friends while working out. Like yoga? Come meet the folks who attend our daily sessions. Want a muscle-building partner? Ask somebody to be your spotter. Attending a gym is great for bolstering one's social life.
- Confidence. Not only does a regular workout improve cardiovascular and muscle health, but meeting goals also can improve self-esteem. The sense of accomplishment that comes with meeting successive goals will leave you feeling great about yourself and wanting to make more personal strides.
- Mental Health. Depression and anxiety can be combatted with exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins and endocannabinoids in the brain, easing feelings of angst. It also can serve as a distraction from negative and a healthy coping mechanism for tragedy. Post-workout, most people feel more alert and more able to tackle challenges they might face.