Should you join a gym?

Have you had this moment? You’re standing in front of your mirror, not loving your reflection so much, maybe squeezing a couple inches of chubbiness around your middle and thinking “Okay, that’s it. Time to get serious, I’m joining a gym!”

There are certainly many inspirational success stories of people who woke up one day, had their “AHA” moment, threw themselves into a healthy exercise routine and never looked back.  For every success story, there are many more non-success stories of people who have had very good intentions to change their fitness habits and all they have to show for it is a membership card and a sense of guilt when they drive by on their way to Target or Starbucks.

Does that sound familiar? Don’t fret because you’re not alone and there’s nothing wrong with you.

In fact, the gym industry counts on the fact that only about 10% of their members will show up to work out regularly.  Ten percent! That’s it!

So why do so many people fall into the “not so regular gym goer” category?

It seems like a logical thought process.  If I join a gym, I will become fitter and that’s what I want.  Although on the surface, this seems like a no-brainer. Who doesn’t want to be in better shape? Even if you’re saying “yeah, of course, I want that!” It’s worth questioning this statement and being very honest with yourself.

Ask yourself:

What is it that I really REALLY want for myself?

Why do I want this?

What daily habits do I need to change in order to  accomplish this goal?

How does exercise fit in?

What types of exercise do I enjoy?

If I am not already doing these things, why not?

How does joining this gym benefit me?

If I am not currently incorporating exercise into my day, how committed am I to making that change?

When and how often will I go to the gym?

What will I do there?

What help or support will I need?

By joining a gym, you’re successfully giving someone your credit card number to be charged every month. There are no points for joining. You have to actually go there and you have to actually do something there that is related to the goal that you have decided on your own is important to you for your own strong reasons.

An important point to remember is that going to a gym is part of a strategy to reach a goal. It is not the goal itself. There are lots of paths to your goal destination, whatever that is for you. There are lots of ways to work physical activity into your day. Joining a gym is one of many options. If that’s not your scene, keep your eye on the goal and find your own scene that works for you.


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