There comes a time in
most peoples lives when they decide they need to get back into shape. This is
usually after the excesses of Christmas or before going on holiday when you
have tried on that swimsuit or pair of shorts. The temptation is to rush off to
your local health club and sign up straight away. This is not a good idea.
There I nothing wrong
with joining a health club but there are some steps you can take to ensure that
the get value for your money. In these stricken financial times health clubs
are going through a tough time just like everyone else. This you can use to
your advantage. In an attempt to attract members many clubs have scrapped the
joining fee requirement. If the club you are interested has not tell them that
you do not want to pay this fee. If they insist tell them you will go
elsewhere, this usually works.
Ask for a week or twos
trial membership to see if you like the facilities. Before you sign anything
also check that you can cancel your membership at any time. You do not want to
get trapped into a contract which means you have to pay for 12 or 18 months
even if you have stopped using the club.
You should also find
out at what times the club is busy, does this coincide with the times that you
would want to use the facility? If so is there enough equipment to cater for
the demand? You do not want to be hanging around waiting for a treadmill or
bench to become free.
Some clubs have extra
facilities such as exercise classes, personal fitness training and yoga. Before
joining you should find out which of these are included in …
Are you healthy? I’m
not talking about how much you weigh or what size you are because health goes
way beyond that. Yes, it’s true that our weight plays an important role in
determining our health. For instance, if we happen to weigh a great deal above
what our weight for height and age should be, then we are putting undue strain
on our joints and organs. In saying that, you can be mildly overweight but
still be healthy. The same goes for fitness. I have several friends that are
fit, but they are not healthy! The sooner we realise this, the better.
We need to have good
health because without it, we are more vulnerable to dis-ease. Diseases such as
diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, ADD and cancer are becoming more
prevalent in our world and they can affect anyone. Just because someone looks
healthy, doesn’t mean they are. From the moment we are born, we are slowly
dying! Doesn’t it make sense to look after our bodies and our minds so we can
make the most of the time we have?
We all know that to
have health we need to consume good food and water, do some physical
activities, get enough sleep, have a balanced work life and be able to relax.
Yes, we all know what we need to do, but we just don’t do it. Why? Because we
haven’t programmed our mind to do it. The human mind is more powerful than any
health program or diet. Dieticians and doctors can tell us what to eat but
unless we include our mind, you will not achieve lasting results to get
healthy. Our mind needs to be trained to send proper signal so that we
automatically reach for the right food or perform the required …