Well, aside from providing a great environment for exercise, gyms have a lot of benefits that you might not be aware of. If you’re trying to decide whether to work out at home or whether to join a gym, consider these factors:
- Learning proper form for activities like weightlifting is easier at a gym. Personal trainers and classmates can help you prevent injury by spotting you, and helping you align your joints and posture properly. You can try to figure it out on your own, but doing so might result in a repetitive strain injury. Even in the case of low-impact exercise like yoga, spending time with a trainer can help you get the most out of your exercise. You don’t want to learn these things the hard way.
- Childcare – which is provided here at Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada – can be an important part of establishing your fitness routine. It’s tough to get into Crow Pose when your munchkin is nagging you about where you stashed the granola bars. At our gyms, we provide high-quality childcare with 48-hour notice, which ensures a good, safe ratio of caregivers to kids. And making the appointment means you’ve just made an appointment to work out, which helps keep you on track.
- Having the opportunity to change your routine can help keep you from getting bored, and thus keep you on track for meeting your fitness goals. That’s why WFCC offers a wide variety of classes. You can try something new and change it up, so that your workout feels like accomplishing something exciting and not like drudgery. You have enough boring routines and chores in this life — your workout shouldn’t be one of them. But investing in new routines and equipment from home can be expensive , and you won’t make any new friends alone in your basement.
- And that’s probably the best benefit of working out at a gym: making friends outside of work, family, or any other community. There’s nothing like sweating out your bad day to help you bond with other women, and it’s a whole lot better for your self-confidence than shopping. If it’s tough for you to make friends, or if you’re new to town and want to meet new people while also working off all the takeout you’ve been eating because you can’t find the box with the plates in it, a gym is a great place to get started.