Between doing housework, cooking dinner and feeding the pets, completing a home workout can easily become the last thing on your mind. Yet, it’s not the actual workout that many of us are avoiding; it’s the exercising-at-home part. A study at the University of Western Australia discovered that those who exercised at a gym were four times more likely to stay committed to an exercise routine than if they exercised at home. So how do you find a gym that’s right for you?
After a long day at work, few people are willing to drive an hour in rush-hour traffic, all to rock the elliptical. Even with the best intentions, fitness experts say that commuting more than 15 minutes can dramatically decrease the likelihood of getting there. Find a gym that’s close by your home or office and “I don’t want to drive all that way” won’t become one of your excuses.
Interested in bulking up? Look for a gym that is equipped with plenty of strength- and resistance-training equipment. If you’re hoping to achieve long and lean muscle tone, ensure your gym has a variety of cardio machines and perhaps a smith or cable machine.
More gyms are now catering classes to a diverse gym population of attendees. So if the thought of spending hours each week on a stationary bike sounds drab, consider the classes each prospective gym offers. There are boundless types of boot camp, cardio, dance, cycling, yoga and strength-training classes that fit a wide range of needs.
If motivation is what you’re looking for, having an expert to answer to can really help. Getting a referral from a friend who had positive results can help narrow down your gym search. Or take a tour of the gym and observe which trainers appear actively engaged in their clients’ workouts. Click here for more personal trainer advice.