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Fitness Forum–The Right Gym for You

Holidays often mean weight gain, so get ready by finding a gym–the right gym.

It’s the time of year when the average American puts on 7 to 10 pounds from excessive eating and stress. Many people will look in the mirror or step on the scale and decide it’s time to do something for their health. So it’s also a great time to think about a serious exercise routine at one of the many fitness centers in the area.

When selecting a fitness center it’s important to pick the one that’s right for you so that you are more likely to meet your goals. The key point is “what’s right for you.”   Every health club offers a unique experience. So it’s up to you to decide what type of experience will best support your efforts in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Probably the most important elements are convenience and comfort. The more barriers (distance, traffic, parking, hours, etc.) that exist between you and your workout, the less likely you are to meet your health and fitness goals. If your gym isn’t convenient, it’s going to be difficult to develop and maintain a consistent routine.

Once you find a convenient club, make sure you feel comfortable there. If you don’t, you won’t go–even if it’s free. Visit a club during your selection process. See what the culture is like. Ask for a free trial. Get a feel for the club.

Remember, you’re talking about your health and building a routine. If you want to increase your odds of success, make sure it’s convenient and comfortable, then you’ll have a valuable and motivating experience.

Be healthy.

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Kevin Guhl January 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I was disappointed when Anytime Fitness left Parsippany. Loved having a gym that you could go to in the middle of the night if you felt like it. It's not like Morris Plains is that far, but you can't beat having a gym right down the street!

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