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Gym Membership is a Great way to Beat Boredom

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Have you ever had a day when you have had nothing to do? A day off seems like such a Godsend, but standing in your home, you wonder what on earth are you are going to do with your day? It’s like life isn’t worth living unless your day is action packed, filled with interesting activities that make everything worthwhile. Of course, the minute you get busy and the stress levels reappear, you wish you were back to nothingness! Feast or famine!

Boredom is a state of mind which we are all affected by from time to time. It starts early on in life. Mothers constantly struggle to keep their little ones occupied with endless activities, plonking them in front of TV’s, playing games with them, enrolling them in a variety of sports. It’s a lifelong affliction. In fact, I remember my own teenager on the first day of her summer holidays stating loudly “I’m so bored!”

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I’m not alone in feeling this way and while chatting to my friends during one of our frequent morning coffee and cakes meetings we discovered that we all felt the same. Looking at our diaries it became evident that we were all free on certain mornings and afternoons each week. As the second cup of coffee arrived we deliberated and cogitated as to what we could do as a group on these ‘free’ days.

It was blatantly obvious that we all could do with losing weight and get fitter, so it was agreed that I’d locate gyms in our local area to try out. At this point we didn’t want to commit to a gym membership, we just wanted to take a peek at what was on offer! At the agreed day and time our motley crew of wobbling jelly bellies congregated at the main entrance to the gym and following a pre-briefing session in the café (coffee and muffins were a prerequisite for our nerves), we ventured upstairs to meet our master, the gyms instructor. Continue reading

March 30, 2015

Making the Most of Your Gym Membership

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It never ceases to amaze me why some people fly into the gym, pound away on the treadmills for a pre-set time, constantly looking at their watches, and then disappear. We all have pressures, commitments and other things to do than spend hours in the gym, but for me it feels as if these constantly rushing people don’t actually make full use of the facilities on offer, and they don’t know what they’re missing!

It’s not as if you have to pay any more if you’re a member, as most of the alternative exercise classes and well-being facilities, sauna etc. are included in the membership fees. Maybe it’s me who has too much time to spare, or maybe it’s because I’m the type of person who likes to think they’re getting their monies worth!

Gym MembershipIt’s not as if you are hogging the exercise machines, as there’s always something available even at the busiest of times. Don’t get me wrong I’m not like this all of the time, if fact I was horrified during my last holiday, I know it was ‘all inclusive’ but do people really need to eat as if the food’s going to suddenly disappear? Maybe it’s my age! – I believe in getting value for money and that’s why I chose a gym which has everything under one roof so to speak.

My gym offers so many different exercises which you can do alone or join in with a group, whatever takes your fancy and suits your preferred style of keeping fit. If I want to I can omit the exercising and relax in the sauna, nobody minds or makes comments (that I’m aware of!).

Many of us lead hectic lifestyles and we need a little ‘me’ time and I can’t think of a better way of de-stressing than venting my pent-up frustrations on the treadmills, afterwards, when I’m calmer I then chill for a while. The great thing is that this is not some pipe-dream, it’s reality, and what’s even better it’s all included within my gym membership fees. Continue reading

February 12, 2015

Work Hard and Play Hard Using Gyms in London

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Working hard has become not just a figure of speech, but a reality of life, and the only way for many to offset the stresses and strains that this life style manifests, is to play hard too. However, this sort of lifestyle does bring a price to bear; and this price is a heavy one. Lack of exercise, eating meals on the hoof as it were; meals consisting of pizzas and burgers, and any other sort of fast and processed foods, all washed down with liberal sprinklings of alcohol, is a recipe for disaster.

So, like many people I was determined to do something positive about my lifestyle, changing my poor eating habits was one area that I felt able to tackle on my own. As for exercise I knew that I need professional help to get me on the right road. I found many gyms in London, but I wanted one that wasn’t full of already pristine people in figure Lycra and fake tans! I decided that the best approach would be to actually visit some gyms and sound the ground so to speak. In my pursuit I made a list of gyms within my local area of London, I knew that taking half an hour or more to drive to a gym was not a viable option for me, and set off full of trepidation.

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It wasn’t long before I was more than pleasantly surprised when I found a gym which actually lived up to its glossy online image. I was instantly made to feel at ease and was relieved to see people from all ages and with varying body shapes on the treadmills, rowing machines and step walkers.

The friendly instructor recommended a diet and suggested that I should start doing some regular physical exercise to help get myself back into condition. I guess you always take things more seriously when you hear them from somebody else, and a professional at that. My wife had been trying to get me to diet and exercise for ages, but I kept on just making excuses and avoiding the issue. Now the truth had come home to roost! The instructor gave me a free gym pass so that I could try the facilities before I fully committed myself – and you can’t get fairer than that these days.

Motivation is the key that will keep me going back two or three times a week. It is not an easy process, and years of lethargic living and over indulgence have brought me to this point. Attending the gym for the first time is the single most important step I have taken in order to set myself on the right track.

All in all, it’s important to continue to keep up your fitness levels and particularly to partake in activities that make you the happiest. Finding gyms in London was an exercise that for me that opened up a whole lot of new opportunities. I feel healthier, fitter and look younger, my only regret is that I didn’t start going to the gym sooner.

January 30, 2015

Finding a New Way of Life in the Gym and Putting Fitness First

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One of the hardest things to do in life is what’s good for you. I often ask myself why we human beings, (well me anyway), prefer to take the easy, or lazy way out of things. If there is a quick route from A to B, I will surely find it. Perhaps its the addictive streak in me, but curling up on the couch of an evening, with a big bowl of goodies sounds an awful lot better than pumping iron at the local gym.

We all know that in order to achieve optimum health we must strike a balance between healthy eating and moderate exercise. With emphasis on the ‘moderate’, I decided it was high time to haul myself off the couch of laziness and check out what was going on down at my gym. Securing the unmotivational help of my best friend, who with her similar attitude, was almost as horrified as I was at the prospects of moving our limbs any further than the remote control, or copious cups of tea, we tentatively ventured to the reception desk to ask for an appointment with the gym instructor.


Moments later, we found ourselves on the floor, stretching and twisting our frozen limbs into all sorts of inhuman positions. A gentle walk on one of the treadmills, a minute or two on a number of the machines: crosstrainers, stairs, rowers, and so on, we were good to go. I was quietly pleased at my achievements. Little did I know that this gentle introduction was serving no more than a taster of what was really to come.

Motivated by the wonderful encouragement of the instructor, we were eased very slowly into a full routine, one that I now look back at in wonderment, laughing to myself at the novelty I felt at the time. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ I was glad to hear and it was literally my mantra for the months to come. Over time, I could genuinely see the fitness levels increasing in both myself and my friend, and now today, several months later, I smile at the image of our inexperienced gaping mouths, and realize that by making the decision to put fitness first in our lives, we were giving ourselves a real chance at a living a long and healthy life.

As time progressed I began to look into what it was that I wanted to get out of a gym and although my early experiences are very happy memories, the standard of facilites were not that great. So I did a bit of research online and came across a website that not only puts health and fitness as its top priority but also recognises that there are other things in a girl’s life that are also important, including relaxing and socialising. It’s the combination of health and fitness that make the ‘whole’ – a postive frame of mind and plenty of friendly encouragement does a lot to boost one’s self esteem and confidence.

December 29, 2014

Casual Gym Membership or Monthly Gym Membership – Which is Best for You?

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Working out is important.  It keeps the body looking great and provides a better overall health in our body.  One way that exercise can be made easier and can be made more fun is by heading to the gym.  The gym can be a great place to network with other individuals who exercise, contact trainers who can guide and help, and provide equipment for training that may not be accessible at home.  These memberships, however, can come in different forms.  There is the casual gym membership which an individual can utilise when they want and a monthly gym membership that must be renewed each month.  There are benefits and disadvantages to using both so knowing which one is more appropriate for your needs is important.

Benefits of Casual Gym Membership

The main benefit of a casual gym membership is that it does not require monthly payments; instead there is an option to pay per visit or session.  This can be great for those that are not going to use the gym facilities as often as others.  If a schedule is busy or you are working out elsewhere, this can be a great option because it can save you money on a monthly membership that you will not use for the money you spend.

If you do not have a great deal of time to spend working out or do not want the pressure of paying monthly for your gym membership, a casual one may be the route you want to go.  Additionally, if finances are a consideration, this can be a great option as well.  You pay when you can and you do not when you can’t.  You still have access to a gym, but one that fits into your schedule and your budget.

Benefits of Monthly Gym Membership

The monthly gym membership requires, just as the name suggests, a monthly subscription.  This is not a pay as you go facility or arrangement.  Rather, you will be required to spend the money each month to attend the gym and use its amenities.  This option is great for those that are dedicated to working out or those that are going to use the monthly gym membership more than just a few times a month.

Spending a few pounds each time you go with a casual membership can add up so this can be a cost effective plan for those that use the gym more often.  Further, for some, paying for a monthly membership is a motivational tool to go to the gym and really use it, rather than waste money.  If you fit into this description, then, you should consider using a monthly gym membership for your needs.

December 3, 2014

Why We Need to Keep Our Gym Memberships

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We live in a very difficult global economy and it is easy to underestimate the role that is played by businesses across the world. Many people don’t think about the contribution to the economy that is made by something as simple as a gym, but the recent worries of a leading worldwide gym possibly going into administration shows just how important they actually are. So far, it seems that the gym is saved, but if it doesn’t get its memberships up, it will most certainly face bankruptcy.

How a Gym Contributes to the Economy as a Business

Many people think gyms are incredibly expensive, but if you consider what you are actually paying for and the amount of jobs that payment generates, you may want to think again. Consider, for instance, the building the gym is in itself. Usually, the building is rented, keeping a landlord employed.

The amount of staff they have to employ is tremendous and includes:

• Administration and front desk staff
• Management staff
• Trainers
• First aiders
• Cleaners
• Maintenance staff

All of these people would be out of a job should a gym go bust.

How a Gym Membership Contributes Further to the Economy

There is more as well, which is more of an indirect contribution. People who come to the gym need to be employed in order to be able to afford the membership. Besides that, by going to the actual gym, they are in a fit and healthy state. This allows them to work, in essence contributing to the economy. People who live an active and healthy lifestyle and go to the gym are also at a reduced risk of injury or illness, particularly if the trainers at the gym do their job properly. This means that they place less of a strain on the health care system of a country, further contributing to the economy.

Besides their gym membership, they will buy drinks and food, as well as having expenses in terms of travelling. All of this contributes further to the economy. It should be clear from the above just how big of a contribution something as small and simple actually makes to the entire economy of a country. So have a look at the different gyms that are in your area and sign up for a gym membership. Get fit, get healthy and save the economy.

November 24, 2014