Joining a Gym and Making the Most of It

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Skip another workout this week? Or did you ignore your early alarm to go for a run before work? You’re not the only one. Fitting a workout into a busy day might not be as simple as it sounds. Whether it’s the wintery blues, a rainy day, or having a small apartment, sometimes we need to invest in a dedicated space that encourages us to stay on our health routine. Such as… joining a gym.

Grab that membership!

Trying to join a gym might seem like a big commitment, but according to a study published in PLos ONE journal adults who belonged to a gym for over a year were 14 times more aerobically active than non-gym goers. Having a gym membership benefits your health in many ways including improving overall health, managing weight and body composition goals, and encouraging you to try new things like taking a spin or yoga class. It’s also a great way to meet new and like-minded people!

Tips to consider when joining a gym

When it’s time to go health club shopping, keep a few things in mind to make the best choice. Write down your health goals and why you need a gym membership. What exactly are you looking for in a gym? This might include group fitness classes, a complimentary personal training session, certain types of equipment, location or hours of operation.

Take advantage of the free trial period to explore the space and amenities.

Snoop around on the internet and social media to hear what other members have to say. Before signing on the dotted line, ask any other questions you have about the gym regarding pricing or if any contracts are involved.

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To learn more, read these articles reviewed by our professionals to be the best on the topic: 7 Things to Look for When Shopping for a Health Club by ACE Fitness. Top Tips for Picking a Gym by Forbes. 14 Things You Need to Know Before Joining a Gym by SELF Fitness. What are the Benefits of Gym Membership by Livestrong.


Look the part!

Now that you’ve joined, it’s time to look the part! Here are 7 Tips to Avoid Looking Like a Newbie at the Gym.


Write down your routine and stick with it

Do you prefer working out before or after work? How many days a week do you plan to go? Are you taking a class, working with a trainer, or doing your own thing? Be specific with your workout plan.


Pack your bag and hit the gym!

Athletic shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle, post-workout snacks… check! Don’t forget all your shower necessities if you plan to shower at the gym, too.


Build a home gym

If you do not want to join a gym right now, consider building a gym at home with this Home Gym Design how-to by ACE Fitness.

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Shannon Costello

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Hi, I’m Shannon! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Culinary Coach, and Personal Trainer. After dedicating over 8 years to the corporate wellness world, I began my own nutrition practice. Chef Shannon Nutrition focuses on plant-based nutrition and culinary coaching. My passion for culinary nutrition grew when I worked as a cooking instructor for a culinary entertainment company. After several years as an instructor and event coordinator, I moved into the role of Director of Culinary Entertainment where I developed all the recipes, menus, and instructor trainings. My dietetic’s expertise helped the company expand into allergy-friendly and health conscious menus to suit all clients.
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