At one time or another, many of us have resolved to lose weight, tone up, or get in shape in time for the holidays and New Years. There’s pressure to see family, take selfies at unflattering angles, spend time in front of the camera, and of course, spend time with loved ones.
However, for many of us, we are self-conscious about our appearance, and the holidays can be a source of stress and pressure.
However, it’s not too late to make sure you get in a good routine and start 2018 off right!
We resolve that this year will be the year we finally lose those extra 10, 20, or 50 pounds. This is the year we finally get our fitness plan to align with our best intentions.
However, these gym membership statistics show a harsh reality. We spend an average of $58 a month on gym memberships, wasting 39 of those dollars due to lack of use.
An even more baffling statistic is that 67% of us have gym memberships but only use them twice a week, helping the gym and fitness industry gross an annual average of $21,800,000,000 each year. In essence, we waste 67% of our investment every month to gym memberships we will rarely use.
If the definition of insanity is continually doing the same thing and expecting the same result, then year after year, our approach to developing a fitness plan is insane.
Typically, many gyms and fitness clubs market their programs by offering incentives for group aerobic classes, discounts on membership fees, or time with a personal trainer, assuming a one-size-fits-all approach to personal fitness. While everyone’s goal to develop a fitness plan may be the same, our individual needs vary.
For instance, a fitness plan for people over 50 will look very different from that of someone training for a marathon. The person over 50 will most certainly not need as many calories in their diet, and the distance runner will need to focus on endurance and speed.
Additionally, personal training programs can be taken over the course of just seven weeks with little to no post-educational requirements for the personal trainer. With all that being said, there is a very little incentive to ensure you meet your fitness goals.
By contrast, the best programs will hold both you and their trainers accountable. Additionally, their trainers will motivate you toward your fitness goals and customize the program to your individual needs.
It’s really a team partnership, so make sure you choose your partner carefully. You’ll be spending a lot of time together!
There is the argument that personal trainers can be costly, and thankfully there is a solution. Many people choose to workout in small group setting and get the benefits of the highly experienced personal trainer, without absorbing all the costs.
So whether you are looking to gain flexibility and strength, need to start training for a specific sport, are looking to get or stay in shape during or after a pregnancy, look for programs and small gyms that put your needs first.
As 2018 approaches, just finding a new gym and trainer could be the first steps. Small actions lead to bigger ones, don’t stress!
editor of theblogfrog.com