Is your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and be healthier in 2014? You’re not the only one. According to a study by the University of Scranton, 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, with 38% of those resolutions being weight-related. That means that losing weight is the number one resolution of 2014, topping the likes of getting organized, quitting smoking, and falling in love.
One of the first steps many of us take (me included) in achieving those weight-related goals is to sign up for a gym membership. However, how do you know which gym is right for you? There are positives and negatives to every gym and making sure you choose the one that fits your needs will be essential to sticking with your resolution. So what do you need to know? What are some of the things you need to think about before choosing a gym?
Determine Your Needs– What you want in a gym is probably the most important question you have to ask yourself. Consider your budget, types of equipment/activities you’re looking for, if it offers private training/assistance, the atmosphere, and more. Make a list of what you want and what you need and evaluate your options
Proximity– Whether it’s close to your house or close to work, choosing a convenient, accessible location increases the likelihood you’ll maintain your new routine. Driving by the gym on your way home from work means you’ve removed the “hassle” of making a special trip to get there.
Give it a Chance– Many gyms offer free trials where you can go for a day (or more) to give it a test run. Take advantage of it! Get a tour of the facility. See if it is suitable for what you want. Evaluate if it meets your wants and needs list. Is it clean? What kinds of classes do they offer? How is the staff? How are the other members? What are the hours?
Eventually the excitement of the New Year will fade away, but the motivation is what needs to stay. Choosing the right gym for you is a VERY BIG first step in the right direction. Remember, achievements are reached through commitment. Like a relationship, the only way this will work is if you are fully invested and are willing to do what it takes to make it work.