The pros and cons of joining a gym
Weigh up the pros and cons of joining the gym to see if the health and fitness benefits of gym membership are worth the investment of your time and money.
Deciding whether or not to join a gym is not an easy task. While gyms have many benefits, often including the most up-to-date fitness machines and gym equipment, going to a gym also involves great cost and time investment too.
Pros of joining a gym
- Joining a gym may be the mental motivation that you need when beginning a fitness programme.
- A gym can offer a wide diversity of activities to improve flexibility, mobility, posture, strength and power as well as relaxation techniques.
- Gyms can provide an atmosphere conducive to a tough workout.
- There are multiple classes to attend, so there should be one to suit everyone.
- Training is indoors so bad weather will not affect you.
- Most modern exercise machines will have a heart rate monitor, making it easy to stay in the target heart rate zone during your workout.
- The fees are an inducement for sustaining commitment.
- Professionals are on hand to offer advice on fitness and exercise.
- Gym sessions can optimise mental and physiological training effects.
Cons of joining a gym
- The social ambience of a particular gym is not suited to your personality (some gyms can be very cliquey).
- The gym is overcrowded at the times you can visit.
- A stifling environment as opposed to the open air spaces where you run.
- In some gyms there is a lack of supervision and it is difficult to obtain advice and support.
- All the facilities that you require are not always available.
Clearly the benefits can outweigh the pitfalls, but it is important, before you join, to investigate the gyms or fitness centres in your area by undergoing a trial session beforehand.
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