Do You Need a Gym to Get Fit?
With the growing problem of obesity and the public’s ever-increasing awareness of how diet and lifestyle affect disease immunity and quality of life, it is no wonder that fitness is a hot topic of conversation. Everyday more and more people make a decision to be healthier and begin the process of changing their future. A common question is whether a gym is necessary for the process of becoming more fit. In order to answer this question, let us look at it objectively.
Why are gyms good for getting fit? Gyms are big business, especially for the large chains that have grown to epic proportions. The success of the gym typically rests on what it is selling. Yes, they sell memberships, but it is more than that. At a gym, there are personal trainers who will help you along your path. A personal trainer can help you to not only exercise more effectively and design a program for you; they can also counsel you on your diet and help monitor progress. The services of a personal trainer may be included with a membership, but sometimes are available for an extra fee.
Gyms also offer a more social area for your workout. In your own home, you will probably be exercising alone, whereas at a gym there will be others also working to be more healthful. This can be useful for many reasons. You can meet like-minded friends. You will look forward to see people you have met. You feel more accountable because people will notice when you are not there. You will push yourself harder when there are witnesses. On top of all the good things about gyms that I have just listed, there are a few more things to consider.
They have a variety of classes, so you are guaranteed to find some you like. They have most pieces of equipment that you will ever need to work out. Some have saunas, hot tubs, massage therapists and tanning beds. As you can see, there are many reasons that a gym is a worthwhile investment when you are looking to become healthier and fit. That is not to say though, that you cannot see results when exercising outside of the gym.
Getting fit outside the gym. There are so many things that you can do to enjoy the outdoors that can also keep you fit. These include: Jogging and runningCyclingHikingMountain climbing Calisthenics, like pushups and pull upstart workouts–if you haven’t heard of this take a look at it on the internet…it is very neat Fasting for a quick start…Some people like to kick start their new healthy lifestyle by trying a 3-day juice fast. This can cut bloating and make you feel lighter, cleanse your palette and make way for healthy food, and make you feel more invigorated and ready to exercise. It is definitely something to consider, but please consult your physician first to make sure there are no contraindications.
A combination of the gym and outdoors is the equation that seems to work for most people. When the weather is nice it is pleasing to the mind to get out in the sun and fresh air–and a healthy mind is part of being fit. No matter what road you take on your personal journey for a fit and healthy body, keep track of your progress so that you will be able to evaluate how your plan is working for you. This will allow you to make changes as needed. Here’s wishing you the best of luck in your healthy endeavors.
Allen Marsh wrote this guest post. He is a freelance writer who shares his health and social tips on various blogs.