In your quest to be fit, you’ve decided to join a health club, but you’ve heard too many stories about people who sign up, go one or two times, and never go back. You’re not really sure which type of club to join: a low-cost chain, a more expensive, exclusive fitness center, or a club that caters to only women.
Buying and maintaining a health club membership can be pretty complicated, but if you follow these 10 tips, you’ll save money and be on your way to greater fitness.
1. Make a list of your specific fitness needs and wants. Will you be comfortable working out in a large club with both men and women? Will you need access to more than one club? Are you looking for one-on-one personal training services? How often do you think you’ll work out each month? Do you think you’ll be able to keep up your fitness regimen? How much can you afford to pay for a membership each month?
2. Once you’ve identified your requirements, visit health clubs that meet your needs. Get a free pass for each club (at least a one-week’s pass) and workout at each club as often as possible during the free periods.
3. Don’t sign up for a membership at any of the health clubs while you’re using free passes. You’ll be under a lot of pressure from salespeople and managers, and they will tell you that you need to sign up today in order to get discount pricing. Don’t. Health clubs offer discount pricing all the time.
4. When you’ve decided a health club, go back and speak with a salesperson about membership choices. Don’t feel pressured to sign a long-term contract at any health club. Remember that long-term contracts are really installment loans with high interest payments. If you don’t think that you’re going to keep up your workouts, don’t even think about signing one of these contracts. Gather all of the written information about each type of membership, then go home and review it at your leisure. Don’t feel pressured to sign up for any membership at the club.
5. When you’re speaking with the salesperson, ask all of the questions you want. Don’t feel rushed or pressured. Never forget that any contract you sign supersedes any promises a salesperson gives you. Even if the salesperson writes it into the contract, it probably isn’t legally enforceable. The contract is king. Read it carefully before signing.
6. Compare the costs of each membership type, and remember that you should make the ultimate decision based on your own needs, not on short-term discounts that may sound like you’re saving money, but will end up costing you more money in the end.
7. Make sure you fully understand the cancellation requirements of each membership type. Many long-term health club contracts are almost impossible to cancel. A month-to-month contract may be a better solution.
8. Don’t sign up for automatic payments via credit card. If you no longer want a membership, and you’re able to cancel, you may find it difficult to get payments stopped.
9. Keep track of all your payments in case there are any disputes with your health club.
10. If you do cancel you membership, make sure you get the cancellation in writing from your health club.
By following these 10 tips, you will certainly set yourself up for fitness success.
We can all agree that as busy moms it is hard to find time to exercise even though we all know the benefits of regular exercise – boosting energy levels, improving brain power, and elevating your mood, just to name a few. Fitting in exercise is actually easier than you may think and you can even include your kids so you have no more excuses!
Check out these 6 EASY WAYS TO BURN 100 CALORIES (WITH THE KIDS)!
Climb the Stairs
Simply going up and down the stairs in your house for 10 minutes will burn 100 calories. You know the hundreds of things that get left downstairs when they really belong upstairs? It might make sense from a time management point of view to wait and take the items upstairs all at once. Instead, take things upstairs as you find them and you will burn those calories before you know it.
TODDLER TIP: Have your child stand at the top of the stairs collecting items as you bring them up the stairs. See if they can carry the item to the correct room before you get upstairs with the next item. Toddlers love races.
Rearrange the Living Room
There’s something about changing up your living space that can revitalize you and change your whole perspective on things. Moving the living room furniture can burn 100 calories in just 15 minutes. Scared to find what’s been hiding under your couch? Vacuum for 20 minutes and you will burn another 100 calories.
TODDLER TIP: Enlist your child as a navigator and let them ride on the furniture as you move it. It’s like a ride at the amusement park to them; to you it’s a way to keep them from underfoot.
Go for a Walk
Get out of the house and go for a walk. In addition to burning 100 calories during a 30 minute walk, you will also replenish valuable Vitamin D stores if you walk on a sunny day. Statistics show that 80% of Americans are severely deficient in Vitamin D. When you get sun exposure 2 to 3 times a week, you can reduce your chance of contracting a serious disease like cancer or Type II Diabetes by 50 – 80%.
TODDLER TIP: Include a fun activity for your child at the midway point in your walk and they will be asking you daily to take a walk with them.
Wash your Car
You know you love the look of a clean and shiny vehicle. Spend time washing your car and you will burn 100 calories in 20 minutes time. If you wash the car in the sun, you might get some streaking, but you will also get your Vitamin D for the day.
TODDLER TIP: Kids love water. Enough said.
TODDLER TIP: Teach your kids the dances from your youth. Of course, they will laugh, but that’s okay. Laughing is good for you, and I’m sure they’re pretty laughable.
Jumping Rope is a classic calisthenics move. If you loved jumping as a kid, chances are it will bring back fond memories while burning 100 calories in only 9 minutes!
TODDLER TIP: Dust off those old Jump Rope Rhymes from elementary school. Miss Mary Mack and Cinderella will have them cracking up (and sharing with their friends).
Remember Jumping Jacks from P.E.? Spend time with the tried and true, classic Jumping Jack. You will burn 100 calories in just 10 minutes while increasing your bone mass and reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis.
TODDLER TIP: Put some music on, show them how and your kids will be jumping all over the place.
These 6 ideas are just a starting point. The are literally hundreds of ways that will burn calories while having fun. Comment below to share your favorite ways.