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Do You Have a Gym Membership?

Health and Fitness Decision

I have been contemplating whether to purchase a gym membership to help me reach my health and fitness goals.  Since the East Coast has been experiencing chilling, bitterly cold temperatures, my long walks have not been so enjoyable.  During the warm weather seasons, walking became a part of my daily routine.  It was nothing for me to hit the pavement when I arrived home from work.  I acted just like a kid going outside to play with friends—I could barely wait to get out.  However, the weather’s sudden change to bitterly cold has me thinking about joining a gym.


Visiting Neighborhood Gyms

I have visited a couple of gyms located relatively close to where I live.  The visiting experience itself was just what I expected.  As I walked through the facilities, I felt like every eye was on me and every bulge that I was trying to hide was suddenly visible; there were mirrors everywhere. The gyms that I visited offered similar membership plans; however, the most expensive plan for each gave the member more amenities.  I left each gym with a handful of brochures and the best dates to join to get the full benefits of the plans. I may have left a couple of pounds behind too, as each visit was a workout.


Working It Out

Did you know gyms will let you use their equipment when you visit with the intention to buy?  Yes, they will give you pre-membership vouchers or VIP pass so that you can visit their facilities. Your fitness representative who welcomes you to the gym will also help you to use the exercise equipment.  Don’t expect this special attention after purchasing the membership, you will be on your own.  However, most gyms have personal trainers—readily available, offering personal training sessions to gym members.  The personal trainers’ costs vary depending on the fitness package you require to reach your personal goals.


Anytime a contractual agreement is involved, you want to take your time and weigh all options before deciding.  I like the idea of being a member of a fitness facility that offers top-of-the-line exercise equipment, top instructors, and trending circuit exercise classes.  Hiring a personal trainer could benefit my health goals if I decided against purchasing a gym membershipit’s good to have an exercise partner.  Purchasing a gym membership is a decision that requires careful thought. Whatever I decide, the experience of visiting the neighborhood gyms was beneficial to my wellness and health.


Move Your Body

What exercises have you decided to incorporate into your lifestyle? We all ensure to follow a routine to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Can we agree that optimal wellness, health and beauty also require a routine? Although, there are some people who are naturally well put together. Well, I am not one of those fortunate, well put together folks. I do remind myself that I was wonderfully made, but I was not born yesterday either. Therefore, I know that if I do not take care of wonderful me I will begin to break down—the body requires maintenance.

With the holidays and festive events approaching, life can become quite hectic. Therefore, we must figure out how to adjust to include a healthy physical regime—flexibility and preparedness will do the fix. Flexibility and preparedness are powerful when they are used in the work place. I cannot think of why they would not be powerful if used outside of the work place. You see, flexibility and preparedness are needed in our daily lives. Keeping your body moving is going to help with its flexibility. If you are sedentary, you will not be physically prepared to participate in your loved ones’ lives, like your children, spouses or parents. Something to ponder:  men, you want to teach your children those cool basketball plays and women, you want to teach your children those fun cheerleading stunts. To do this, you must maintain a certain level of flexibility.

I remember trying to replace my workout with physical therapy. Since I had weekly appointments to visit my chiropractor, I decided to consider those therapy sessions as my workout. Well, my physician reminded me that I needed a regular workout routine. It is likely that if I had been physically active and taking care of myself before my injuries, I would have avoided or lessened the injuries that made me seek medical attention. So be wise and move your body.

Here are some fun exercises that you can do anywhere. Start out enjoying each exercise daily, gradually increase the amount of time you perform each exercise as your body adjusts. You can do several of these exercises together if you choose, especially if you are trying to shed a few pounds. Remember, you will burn more calories if you keep your heart rate up.

jumping-jacks1Jumping Jacks. An elementary school basic and a great way to warm up your muscles and get your heart pumping. Do jumping jacks until you’re breathing heavily and your heart rate has increased, but not until you’re exhausted.

jumping-ropeJumping Rope. Jumping rope is a great alternative to jumping jacks. Keep a jump rope in your office or car, and take 5 or 10 minutes to enjoy this fun activity as a warm-up, or an entire aerobic activity if you prefer. 

Squats. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, then lower your body by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Aim to get your thighs parallel to the floor. Hold for a couple of seconds, then stand back up. Since squats work some big muscle groups in your thighs and bottom, you will burn a lot of calories and tone up. 

Push-Ups. These are the best exercises you can do for your upper body, and they do not require any special equipment. Just remember to keep your head, neck, torso, and hips in a straight line, and keep your elbows close to your body. If doing push-ups on the floor is too difficult, do them on your desk until you build up enough strength to perform the full version of the exercise.

stairsStairs. Use any set of stairs, indoors or out, to complete this quick cardio. Try to run on stairs for at least 10 minutes.

*All graphic images are curtesy of the Work-Work-Work It Out Magazine; Accessed on 17 December 2016.