For a vast majority of individuals out there, the idea of going to the gym and getting their sweat on is about as appealing as paying a visit to the dentist. It’s not just a chore, it’s oftentimes a painful experience more than anything else.
While it’s easy to use our aversion for the gym as an excuse to avoid any kind of physical altogether, it’s definitely not going to do us and our bodies any favors. As we all know, it’s even more crucial these days to get exercise in. With so many people desk jobs, medical and fitness experts are starting to call sitting the new smoking.
With that being said, what’s the solution to our avid aversion to gyms? Simple. Sports clubs. Think of sports clubs as the fitness world’s equivalent to a country club. It’s not just a place to get your work out in, it’s a place to get connected with a community, enjoy tons of amenities and actually have fun. Need more convincing? Check out our top reasons to join a sports club (whether you hate sports or not!).
It’s Perfect for Beginners
Did you know that according to a survey done in San Diego, about 37% of sports club members are actually beginners? It might seem shocking considering it’s a sports club, but it’s true. Joining a sports club doesn’t just give you access to the perfect equipment that you need to get you started on your fitness journey, it’s also filled with resources to get you started the right way.
You’ll be surrounded by personal trainers and other members who have been working on their fitness for a longer period of time. You can also capitalize on the perks of sports clubs that are geared towards newbies. For example, plenty of sports clubs offer free consultations and introductory sessions with staff trainers.
If you’re in a club that has a higher membership fee or are picking a membership tier that’s a bit more expensive, that could also mean several personal training sessions for free.
Make New Friends
Sports clubs have tons of members. Tons of them. With so many people in one place, you’re bound to come across someone that you’ll hit it off with. In fact, chances are, you’ll find a whole bunch of people with similar interests, goals and maybe even struggles. Befriending these people might just last a lifetime, and there’s nothing like someone who knows exactly what you’re feeling and going through at the gym to keep you going.
Who knows, you might even find meet the love of your life at the gym. Because people who sign up for sports clubs generally have the same interests, it’s also a great avenue for professional networking.
They Know How to Motivate You
There’s no use in pretending. All signs point to exercise rarely ever being anybody’s first choice. For example, would you rather stay cozy in bed and munch on a chocolate chip pancake or get dressed and go for a run? We rest our case. With all of our laziness and motivation killers, there’s a high probability that you won’t make it through your work out if you’re going it alone.
This is where joining a sports club can be super beneficial. First of all, if you’re paying for something, there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll make good use of it. So, if you’re shelling out a decent amount of cash on your sports club, you’re going to want to make sure you get the most value out of every cent you’re paying. More importantly though, sports clubs’ group classes are a fantastic means of motivation you to get your exercise in. It’s even more effective if you find a class that you love.
The group environment makes it feel like a community effort and if you’re spending an hour kickboxing, cycling or dancing, there’s a good chance you’ll burn a decent number of calories. Another way sports clubs motivate you is through their trainers. It might be a bit awkward at first to have someone tailing you every second you’re at the gym, but boy do they know what to say when you’re struggling to get through that last set of exercises.
Build Your Confidence Up
As much as we love the fact that exercise really helps our bodies get stronger, healthier and leaner, there’s more to exercise than getting physically healthy. Research done by the Mayo Clinic shows that working out regularly actually helps our emotional health as well. Some of the positive mental effects of exercise include reduced anxiety, increase of self-confidence and even alleviate the effects of chronic depression.
We don’t often think of the mental benefits that regular physical activity brings, but at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that the mind and body are not separate entities. They are interdependent and related in every possible sense. For example, several mental states that we know very like happiness, nervousness or sadness, are connected to various chemical reactions that take place in our brain. Perhaps the most commonly known one would be the happiness that is induced by endorphins.
If you want to be performing exercises that are the best at boosting moods and overall emotional wellbeing, go for vigorous and intense aerobic exercises. Kickboxing, spinning, aerobics, and boxing are all great options. High intensity interval training is also a great way to lift your mood.
Relax When the Hard Work is Done
Sports clubs aren’t just about beating your body up and breaking a sweat. When all the hard work for the day is said and done, sports clubs are still an awesome place to relax and enjoy some calming activities. For example, many sports clubs have spas. If they don’t have spas, they’ll generally have at least some kind of massage service.
Other sports clubs even have salons within their premises. While we certainly won’t undermine how much of a confidence boost an awesome workout is, there’s still something special about treating and pampering yourself.