Whether it's too many people, the time commitment, or the facilities you can't afford, there will always be an excuse to hate the gym. But beyond reaching weight loss goals, there are so many reasons why investing in a membership helps you lead a healthier life.
- Build a network: If you're feeling disconnected from your community, there's no better place to build a real social network than at the gym. This is especially true if you've moved to a new city and are looking to meet like-minded locals. As you work out on machines and head into group classes, you'll start to see the same faces and have a sense of camaraderie.
- Evolve your skills: It's easy to fall into the same workout traps: you give up on particular exercises, and you don't even try others. When you look around the gym, you have a shot to see people hard at work and moving through exercises you've never understood how to do before. Gym classes are another valuable resource; you'll be forced to try new exercises but under the instruction of an expert.
- Stick to the plan: Even if you occasionally pop in a workout DVD, there's always a chore or task that manages to pop up at the perfect time, offering you a chance to stop and take a break. While you can certainly find excuses anywhere, the gym environment doesn't lend itself to much break time, especially at peak hours.
- Sleep soundly: Without fail, on the days you work out hard at the gym, you'll sleep better on those nights. This is especially the case if you're working a 9-to-5 gig and sitting all day with pent-up energy. For anyone sedentary who's dealing with insomnia issues, this might be the shift you need for a restful night's sleep.
- Clear your head: You might be worried about the investment, but you'll soon find that the gym is the place you run to for blowing off steam and sweating away stress. With regular exercise, the chemistry in your brain literally changes. You have higher energy levels all day long, plus a more positive perspective. It may feel like plopping on the couch would be the best way to unwind and reboot, but you'll soon find, it's quite the opposite.