Giant neon lighted billboards of men showing their abs; women in their skimpiest swim wear proudly displaying their curvaceous bodies; full page newspaper and prime time TV ads extolling the advantages of being fit. The fitness fever is raging!
People want to lose the love handles, the beer bellies and the ego deflating unwanted fat. Various weight loss diets have appeared and gone, the latest exercise equipment has been raved about but the popularity of fitness clubs is still gaining ground. Health club membership is increasing and is is now at an all time high. The American Sports Data projected that by year 2030, the health club membership will steadily rise from 35 million to 70 million.
Flashing a health club membership card seems to be a status symbol. After all fees to become a member, especially to posh health clubs, can be a hefty sum. Additionally, it is a sign that the member is aware of the health hazards of not staying physically active. Getting a health club membership card means that the person is aware of the need to exercise and desires to be as fit as possible to prevent coronary heart diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes as well as various cancers that are commonly associated with being overweight.
Naturally, a person interested in becoming fit can be done at home. Why then do people join health club? First off is the motivation that the environment of the health clubs provides. Exercising alone can be tough. Being surrounded by friends and other people who have the same goal is motivating. Fitness centers are staffed with certified trainers and health card staff who will guide members on the proper techniques of exercising minus the risks of incurring injuries. Personal trainers will custom design programs that will maximize a member's health benefits. Most fitness centers have nutritionists and dieticians who will evaluate members condition to recommend the best diet plan for obtaining ideal weight.
A membership card will give you access to various types of fitness equipment as well as other amenities like saunas and institutional sized swimming pools, tennis courts and running tracks. Since health clubs are well maintained facilities it will always be the right temperature to do the stretching, the weight lifting and all the other exercises needed to lose weight and to tone the muscles.
Health club membership does have several downsides too. For one, membership can be pretty expensive. The location of the fitness club counts a lot too. Chances are membership in a fitness club that is not easily accessible would be wasted money as the member would find excuses not to go. The same thing is true with a fitness club that is too crowded or one that has unfriendly or "invisible" staff. A new member just starting on a program needs to be guided by professionals. In some cases though, in house trainers have many customers and getting their attention is quite hard.
Health clubs do have pros and cons. It would be up to the prospective member to choose the right club that would suit his needs.