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Going to the Gym May Not Be the Right Choice for Some People, Here’s Why

13. Getting Hot And Sweaty With Yoga  The next gym membership option on the list is Hot Yoga. It has become prevalent lately and definitely a… Trista - January 21, 2020
Hot yoga is quickly becoming a fast trend. Shutterstock.

13. Getting Hot And Sweaty With Yoga 

The next gym membership option on the list is Hot Yoga. It has become prevalent lately and definitely a winner in the winter months. This yoga is also known as Bikram yoga. You’ll be doing your workout in a studio that is heated up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 40%. It is commonly a 90-minute class that will guide you through various yoga positions. 

The point of the heat is so that your heart rate is increased and also helps to tire out the muscles you are working on. Not only does it help with burning some calories, but it has some other health benefits too. So, if you’re looking for a membership that does more than just one of your body, Bikram could be the membership for you.

You’ll sweat out all the bad stuff and feel much healthier. Shutterstock.

14. It Does More Than Just Work Your Muscles 

It helps to detox your body due to the heavy sweating that you will experience during those 90-minute classes. The sweat helps to release toxins from your skin. It’s a cardiovascular workout, which also detoxes your body and helps settle your mind and breathing, which can be very beneficial to your mental health too. 

There are, unfortunately, always some cons to things like this. These classes are also on the pricey side. The per-class rate can add up very quickly, and it is a workout that, ideally, you would want to do twice a week. Many yoga studios may have options for monthly memberships that will work out cheaper but first try out one class and see if it is something you enjoy and something you’d like to be a member of. 

But hot yoga isn’t for everyone; you can get dehydrated pretty fast. Shutterstock.

15. The Intensity May Be Too Much For You 

Also, this workout is not for everyone. Because of the heat and the intensity of hot yoga, it puts a lot of stress on the body that not everyone can handle. This workout is not suitable for those who have heart disease, dehydration, or heat-related illnesses. It is also not ideal for pregnant women. 

Beyond the different workout and membership options, what else can you expect when becoming a member? There are quite a few things that no one really talks about before you buy yourself a membership or sign away your life on the contract you put pen to paper to in the gym. 

That’s why it’s important to do your research first before signing up. Shutterstock.

16. What No One Tells You About Joining The Gym 

When you first join up for your gym of choice, you generally aim to be there a couple of times a week to start getting some decent results. But, the truth of the matter is, that once you get there and you start seeing more and more results, you might get drawn into the training culture as you become more invested in yourself and body. 

A healthy lifestyle will start to take over your lifestyle and not just your life in the gym. We’re not saying this is a terrible thing, but you need to be prepared for a complete lifestyle overhaul and not just a couple of days in the gym. This idea doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s a topic that no one discusses, and no one prepares you for. 

Working out with another person can be a great motivational tool. Shutterstock.

17. Are You A People Person? 

If you’re not a people person, you’ll need to prepare yourself for the “big guys.” These are the guys in the gym who really think they know their stuff and they want to make you very aware of that. Be prepared for the moment when you’re doing your own thing on the gym floor when the “big guy” comes over to offer his advice.

Sometimes they can be a wealth of knowledge and can be quite helpful for someone who is just beginning their journey in the gym. But sometimes, it isn’t. The polite thing to do is to listen to him, nod and sound impressed by what he is telling you. But here’s the most important thing – you don’t have to take his advice on board, and you need to do what you are comfortable with. 

Focus on your own goals, not what everyone else around you is doing. Shutterstock.

18. Don’t Let The Gym Goers Intimidate You 

Gyms can be very intimidating places for beginners and even more advanced trainers. First off, they’re packed with people who care about what they look like, so there will be a lot of amazing bodies and people doing things that you don’t think you ever could. So, you need to check your ego at the door. 

Everyone has to start somewhere, and it’s impressive that you’re even taking the chance to go into the gym and try to figure it all out. Forget about the other people in the gym, stop comparing yourself to them because they were once where you are now. Plus, they’re all too busy looking at themselves to worry about what you look like. 

Exercising at the gym every day or even every week can get expensive. Shutterstock.

19. Work Out Your Exercise Budget 

You need to work out your budget that you want to allocate to your workout regime. How much are you really willing to spend on a membership that you may or may not use? If you’re not convinced about a gym membership yet, other options are free! The first one is simple…

Get outside! When the weather is excellent, it’s a perfect time to try being active outdoors. There are endless activities you can do for free outside. This includes walking, hiking, going for a bike ride, running or even trying out a free outdoor gym that is in your local park. You aren’t committing to a gym membership, but you’ll be working towards your goals. 

Exercising outside, on the other hand, is much cheaper, if not free. Shutterstock.

20. Try Exercising Outside 

A health and wellness reporter, Gretchen Reynolds, actually says that outside workouts can challenge your body more than it would in the gym. It will help your body to tone up a lot faster if this is one of your reasons for exercising or looking into purchasing an expensive gym membership.

She explains that this happens because “You stride differently when running outdoors. People flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain.” This activity is a free and very effective workout.

Workout apps tell you how many calories you’re burning and how far you’ve run. Shutterstock.

21. Download A Workout App Instead 

If you want to do at home workouts because gym memberships don’t suit you, your budget, or your lifestyle, there are so many great apps you can download that will guide you through a workout. You can do these workouts at home or even at available outdoor space. It will give you more flexibility, and these are a lot cheaper than gym memberships. 

The apps also offer different payment plans. For example, the SWEAT app allows you to pay per month, per quarter, bi-annually, or even for a full year. Depending on which option you choose, you get a higher discount. Most of the apps offer a seven day trial period, which will allow you to see if you even enjoy the exercises.

Decide what you want to work on and then pick a workout that meets that goal. Shutterstock.

22. Pick Your Workout Based On Your Goals 

The apps will allow you to pick between different workout programs and goal dependent. The SWEAT app offers you the choice of five various training programs from trainers all around the world. It also shows you short videos of how to do the exercises required so that you basically have a personal trainer in your pocket. 

Even if you do decide to go for a gym membership but don’t want to fork out for a personal trainer, downloading one of these apps could be a great balance. You’ll be paying the gym membership, but you won’t need to budget even more for an expensive personal trainer.

A test-trial at a gym provides you with the experience you need to make the right decision. Shutterstock.

23. Ask The Gym For A Trial Membership 

If you’re still unsure about whether a gym membership is for you, you could also try out a membership trial. Check with the gym that you’re interested in and see if this is something they offer. Most gyms will provide potential clients a trial pass from 3-7 days. This is a great chance to test out the gym and see if you enjoy the environment.

Be careful of these trials, though, and make sure you read all the fine print associated with it. You don’t want to end up with a permanent contract at the end that you didn’t realize you had signed up for when joining the trial. If at the end of the trial, you know it’s not for you, go and try out another gym and their trial period. 

Try out a gym with a friend to see if it’s the right place for you. Shutterstock.

24. Tag Along With A Friend To The Gym 

Many places offer discounts to new members so that you can see if you like the workout, and then after that, you have the option to purchase a proper package deal. Even if you don’t end up loving the exercise that you’ve got the deal for, you’ve at least had a few cheaper exercises that didn’t break the bank or tie you into a contract.

Some gyms may even offer a guest pass policy. Ask your friends and see if they are members at a gym and see if you can tag along to their next workout. First of all, it’s a free workout, and you’ll get to test out the gym and see if this is something you would like to sign up to and see if it’s worth your while. 

It doesn’t make sense to sign up for a gym that’s far away from you. Shutterstock.

25. Location Location Location! 

Another significant factor when considering where you want to set up your gym membership or even if it’s worthwhile is the location! This is where you could set yourself up for success or failure. It’s just logic that if your gym is far away, you’ll use it a lot less as it will take more time and effort out of your day to get to the gym.

Things to consider when choosing a gym are whether or not it is in a location on the way to your work or to your home. If you drive past or travel past it at some point during your day, you are a lot more likely to make the most out of it just because it’s convenient. Set yourself up for success and choose something nearby. 

See if their equipment is sound and if they offer trainers before signing up. Shutterstock.

26. Check Things Out In The Gym Before Signing 

Before you sign your gym contract, you should also see if on your trial pass, if you can go to the gym at various times of the day. You don’t want to discover after you’ve paid all this money that the times when you want to go are the busiest and you aren’t able to even do the workout that you’d wanted to when you walked into the gym. 

Also make sure you check for things like the equipment being in good working condition, enough equipment in case you go during peak time, the atmosphere of the gym, the cleanliness of the showers and maybe even have a chat to some other gym members to see what they like about the gym.

See what the online reviews are to determine your best course of action. Shutterstock.

27. Check Out Gym Reviews Online 

It may even be a good idea to go online and research some reviews about the gym or workout center that you are considering. Let’s just say that you’ve decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a gym membership… You’ve clearly decided there are more pros than cons to this, and that is great. But, now comes the hard part – staying motivated. 

Everyone is always very eager when they first join up at the gym. People go frequently, do good workouts, and try to incorporate it into their lifestyle. But then slowly but surely, the visits start to decline, and life gets in the way. Suddenly the gym is on the back burner, and your contract starts to go to waste. What now?

Don’t set unreachable goals during the first week, or else you’ll get discouraged. Shutterstock.

28. Setting Yourself Up For Success

You’ll hear your alarm clock ring at 5:00 am, and then suddenly, you’re not feeling any motivation to go for your morning sweat session. You start to negotiate with yourself and then end up convincing yourself that you don’t need to go to the gym today and that you’ll go again tomorrow. But then it happens the next day again!

One way to combat this is to find a workout buddy. Some people obviously prefer working out on their own, but if you lack the motivation to go, find a friend to do it with you. Make a point to hold each other accountable, and when you say you’re going to go, you go, and you don’t let the other person off the hook. Make a workout schedule that you both stick to for the long haul. This situation is when a group setting like CrossFit could really benefit someone and their motivation. 

Going it alone isn’t the best idea; keep someone at your side to keep pushing you forward. Shutterstock.

29. Let Others Help You To Stay Motivated 

Diana Mitrea, a personal trainer and co-founder of Stronger With Time, says, “Having other people around me with those same goals is always exciting. We’re all talking about the right things and pushing each other, and we celebrate their victories as well as mine.”

If no one wants to go to the gym with you, ask a supportive partner, family member, or even a friend to hold you accountable. Their support will be a significant motivating factor in your fitness journey. Another good idea is to sign up for something that you can work towards, such as entering a marathon.

Getting the right workout clothes can also help you immensely to stay in the motivated mood. Shutterstock.

30. Get Dressed And Get Going 

Once you make a choice to enter this, tell your friends and family about it. Because they know about it, you can’t just miss it because they will be excited to cheer you on at the finish line, and you won’t want to let them down. Everyone will have their own things that give them motivation, and this might be the one for you. 

Another tip to remain motivated is to dress for a workout, even if you aren’t feeling it that day. Research has shown that brains are susceptible to “enclothed cognition.” What does this mean? It means that dressing the part can help give you the motivation you need to get what you need to do. So, put on your work out clothes and get going!

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