So you’re thinking of starting a fitness program. Exercising on a regular basis has a lot of benefits for both your body and mind. Regular exercise can help you keep your weight steady and your mood as well. But an exercise program you don’t stick with is only going to leave you feeling frustrating. One way to increase your chances of sticking with your fitness routine is by selecting the type of exercise program which works best for you. Consider some of the pros and cons of the following options:
Gym Membership: A gym membership is a great option for some people. Gyms vary greatly in their amenities and their cost.
- Staff: You will have access to gym staff who can answer questions, show proper technique and teach you how to use equipment.
- Equipment: There will be a variety of equipment, such as weight machines, stair climbers, treadmills and stationary bikes.
- Childcare: Some gyms may offer childcare, which makes working out easier for parents.
- Perks: Perks may be included, such as a pool, personal training and exercise classes.
- Fellow exercisers: Working out around other people may motivate you and allow you to meet new people.
- Cost: Gyms can be costly.
- Drive time: You may be able to find a gym nearby, but if not drive time may be a con.
- Fellow Exercisers: Wait, wasn’t this on the pros list? The truth is sometimes your gym mates will be smelly, sweaty and annoying.
Organized Classes: There are all types of organized classes popping up. From boot camp type classes to yoga, you have a lot of options. Classes can be found through community centers, parks and recreation departments and exercise franchises.
- Instructor led: A focused class with an instructor who can provide motivation is just what some people are looking for.
- Camaraderie: Encouragement and friendship from you classmates can keep you coming back.
- Cost: Group led classes vary in cost, but some can be pricy.
- Boredom: If you’re doing the same type of workout each time, you may grow tired of it.
Workout DVD’s: Exercising at home with a workout DVD is a good option for some. If you live in an area where it takes too long to get to a gym or if money is an issue, working out at home may be the way to go.
- Convenience: It does not get much easier then popping in a DVD and working out. You don’t have to worry about driving to a gym or class and no one will see what you’re wearing.
- Cost: DVD’s are not that costly compared with a gym membership. Some libraries may also rent exercise DVD’s cheap.
- Variety: There are just about any type of exercise DVDs you can think of, such as dance, kickboxing, weight training, yoga and more.
- Procrastination: It may be easy to put exercise off until later.
- Space: Depending on the DVD you do, limited space may be a problem. If you have to move furniture every time you work out, it may put a damper on exercising.
There are several things to consider when deciding which workout option is best, such as your schedule, where you live and what types of activities you enjoy. Keep in mind, the best option is the one you’ll stick with long-term.