A new year is upon us, bringing with it near-endless opportunities for positive change. What’s one simple yet significant way to embrace the possibilities found in 2018? Join a gym.
Looking for some specifics regarding how joining a gym can help boost your quality of life in the year ahead? Read on for a roundup of five reasons to join the gym this January.
1. You WILL get more exercise.
Exercise is good for everyone. Yet, for many people, there remains a gap between knowing and doing. According to researchers from Iowa State University, however, belonging to a gym is linked with meeting the guidelines for physical activity and strength training. In fact, the study reveals that a full 75 percent of gym members logged adequate amounts of exercise during the average week compared to just 18 percent of non-gym-goers, as reported by Time magazine.
The conclusion, according to assistant professor of kinesiology and corresponding author Duck-chul Lee, is: “Physical activity outside of the gym was the same for both groups. For non-members, joining a gym really may increase overall activity levels.”
2. You will see great results.
That extra time pays off, too. The Iowa State University study not only revealed that gym members were less likely to be obese and had smaller waist circumferences than their non-gym-going counterparts, but they also enjoyed better cardiovascular health. These results are no novelty. The science also shows that maintaining a membership for more than a year is a contributing factor to these healthy outcomes.
3. You will get stronger.
When many people think of the gym, they think of logging hours on the treadmill. The truth is that there are many ways to make the most of your gym membership.
Take strength training, for example. According to Time, just 20 percent of Americans currently meet strength training guidelines. Regular visits to the gym can change that. Continues Lee: “At the gym, you can use the weights or the resistance machines. In real-life, there aren’t a lot of day-to-day activities that improve muscle.”
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4. You will discover an amazing support network.
Anyone who has ever been on a diet or started a new fitness program knows that sustaining healthy habits can be a challenge. When you join a gym, you are automatically surrounded by a community of like-minded people who can help you stay on track. Everyone from peers in group classes to personal trainers can offer the encouragement, motivation, camaraderie, and accountability you need to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
5. You will feel better.
Joining a gym is about much more than changing how you look. It’s also about changing how you feel. Says the Mayo Clinic: “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”
The takeaway? If you’re looking for a simple yet significant way to reduce stress and feel more relaxed, confident, and energized in your everyday life, joining a gym can make all the difference.
If you’ve been on the fence about joining a gym, there is no a better time than now to make the leap toward improved health and happiness! Sign up for a trial pass at Brick Bodies to get started today.