Building Good Habits Before You Buy a Gym Membership

Posted by Caroline Constantine on Jan 17, 2020

If you’re headed into the new year with new fitness goals, you’re not alone. But, before you go out and sign up for a gym membership, make sure you have the kind of fitness habits you need to succeed. That can save you a lot of money and help justify the cost of a gym membership.  Remember, if you don’t go there enough to get your money’s worth, it’s really not a good deal. When you have good fitness habits and a workout regimen before purchasing a gym membership, you’ll benefit much more. It’s a good idea to keep that regimen for a while, too, so it truly becomes a habit.

Here are some great examples of exercises you can do indoors in the winter months. By taking the time to do these and get them on a schedule for a few weeks, you’ll have a fitness habit already established and going to the gym will become a natural extension of that.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of Yoga. A lot of people discount yoga and think it’s only stretching. There’s much more to yoga then just this. IT can be easy or difficult, depending on your skill level and the positions you choose to work on. It’s also relaxing and you can do it just about anywhere in your home. It’s the perfect winter exercise and a great way to get started on building a new fitness routine. You’ll get a good idea of what you body can do easily and what you may need to work on. You can also consider online yoga classes so you can get the poses and postures just right as you get started on your fitness journey this winter.

Body weight exercises are challenging and effective. Doing exercises that just use your body weight, which is also called “calisthenics” has been around for years. It recently had a resurgence in popularity. You don’t need any special equipment to do body weight exercises such as leg lifts, squats, lunges, push ups, crunches, and planks. You can pick up the exercises that are right for you or choose challenging options to build up strength faster. Doing several of these exercises a few times a week will make you stronger throughout the winter months. Then, when you join a gym, you’ll already have an established routine you can easily expand on.

Keep in mind, there are plenty of other types of exercises and it all comes down to what you like and and what you need to work on. Playing with your kids or pets, jumping jacks, choosing an online source for at-home workouts  are all great ways to get into a good fitness routine. These good habits will help you get more value when you choose a gym membership in the future.