One of the best ways to stay motivated to keep up a health and exercise regimen is to join a health club where others share your goals and there are qualified professional instructors on staff to help keep you focused. The monthly dues spent are also a good incentive to attend on a regular basis to make sure you are getting your money's worth. But just what health club is the right facility for you?
- Is the location of the health club convenient to your home or place of business? If the club's location wastes too much travel time getting to or isn't located in a neighborhood you frequent often, it's likely you'll sign up and then not bother going. Find a club with a convenient location as well as hours that are convenient for your schedule.
- Does the club you are considering offer trial memberships? It's a great way to discover whether or not the equipment and programs offered, such as aerobics, yoga, swimming or Pilates, are the kinds of activities that best suit the exercise regimen you are seeking. Testing a prospective club in this fashion also helps you to see the kind of clientele it attracts and the hours that are the busiest.
- Is the club's staff made up of well trained professionals or people just hired to answer the phone and hand out towels and locker keys? When using certain pieces of equipment, you may need the guidance of experienced trainers, so it's best to choose a club that prides itself on a helpful, knowledgeable and professional staff certified to work with specific exercise equipment.
- Does the club offer a swimming pool or at least a lap pool? You may join the club thinking you just want its aerobic exercise equipment, but it's nice to have the option of varying your workout routine, and a swimming pool is one of the best forms of low-impact exercise available, no matter what your age.
- Does the club you are considering offer special amenities or features? These might include a snack bar, juice bar or full service restaurant offering healthy menu choices, a sauna or steam room, a jacuzzi to relax sore muscles, massage therapy services or special physical therapy or nutritional counseling programs. The more amenities the club offers, the more likely you are to attend often.
- Are the club's fees in line with what you have budgeted for physical fitness? A club offering lots of extras may be more expensive, but a waste of money for you in the long run if you know in your heart of heart that you are only interested in a limited amount of equipment options like treadmills and weights.