The importance of exercise in our lives is a known fact. Making room for exercise in our daily schedule has the following benefits:
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis
- Keeps the joints, ligaments and tendons flexible, allowing for easier movement and better balance, thus reducing the chances of falling
- Reduces some of the effects of aging
- Good remedy for overcoming depression, and for mental health
- Helps you to maintain average weight, by increasing the metabolism and burning extra calories
- Increases physical endurance
- Improves sleep
- Helps relieve anxiety and stress
When there are so many great benefits, it is surprising how some people still feel that resistance in themselves to start an exercise routine, if they have not already.
One great development towards achieving the above objectives for the community is the establishment of exercise centers by enthusiastic fellow citizens, who are aware of the benefits and want to share them with others. Called gyms, these centers invite the community members to exercise in their premises for a fee, providing equipment for a variety of exercise routines, best practices, proven for their benefits, taken from the all over the world like Zumba and yoga
The word gym is derived from the Greek word gymnasium. Now the gym is a short slang word for a fitness center.
Gyms first made their appearance 3000 years ago in Persia. In the 1800s, USA had many gyms as part of schools and colleges where for the first time, the stress was made on health, body measurements and strength.
What are the features of today’s gyms
Some of the workouts featured in gyms nowadays are:
- Usual equipment like the treadmill, elliptical etc.
- Outdoor yoga
- Competitive cycling (outdoor)
- Fitness challenges – weeks long program offering workouts, meal plans and personal coaching from professionals in nutrition and fitness.
- Catchy soundtracks to take out the monotony of repetitive exercises
- Playing games like dodgeball etc
- Kickboxing and fighting
- Saunas, steam rooms,
- Juice bars
- Latest equipment like Pilates equipment,
- Indoor cycling workout
- Hiking yoga
- Antigravity yoga
- Paddleboard yoga classes
- Rowing machines
- Bodyweight exercises
- Water aerobics
How to choose the gym for you.
Once you have decided to take the plunge in keeping yourself fit, this checklist has to be ticked off:
- Location of the gym – should be convenient, or you will find yourself dropping out before long.
- Cost of membership – It is best to check a few around your home and choose the cheaper one, all other conditions satisfied
- Ladies or Mixed – Depending on your comfort level, choose
- Hours and holiday policy – choose convenient hours when there won’t be a crowd as well. Check if they will keep open during holidays
- Qualified personal trainers – always a good idea for beginners
- Group fitness classes like kick boxing or yoga can relieve the monotony
- Equipment – should be in good condition and enough in number
- Cleanliness – like wiping down the equipment at the end of a day’s workout
- Cancellation of a subscription – which may be for more than a year. If you have to move out of that city, do they refund the money