To join or not to join, that is the question. Whether you want to lose remnant poundage from the holiday's festivities or perhaps you have resolved to live a healthy lifestyle, finding the right workout medium can be a daunting task.

One of the challenges of joining a gym is the often hefty monthly or annual membership fee. To be honest, running outdoors or doing mat work in the comfort of your living room is definitely more cost effective, but before you throw the idea of joining a gym out the window, consider the following:


Group classes: Zumba, kickboxing, hip-hop, yoga, core, cycling and boot camp, name it -- you only need the willingness to try one. Classes are open to all members. You can join any or all of them to your heart's content.

Networking: The gym is a good place to meet new people. Having other people around can also be good motivation in sticking to your fitness goals. Plus other people are willing to share experiences, increasing your health and fitness knowledge.

Commitment: Signing a membership contact tends to make you more committed to actually go. It's a waste not to utilize what you pay for, so why not actually make use of it? Note that there are promos and trials you can avail. With many online coupon offers, joining a gym has become more accessible.


Proximity: Not all gyms are walking distance from work or home, making it a chore to commute to and from it. Most times we are too tired from work, so we are likely to be discouraged and opt to veg out on the sofa instead.

Intimidating factors: All those unfamiliar equipment, dumbbells and muscled grunting men can make us feel insecure, out of place and shy to ask for assistance.

Working out in a gym is not for everyone, but working out and having a healthy lifestyle can be for everyone. The trick is finding out what works for you. Remember, stay focused on your fitness goals and make it a way of life.

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