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Coasting : Issue 5 Nov 2009
11 www.coastingtoday.com.au A Great Range of Gifts & Homewares New Stock Just Arrived Shop 1, 29-37 George Street, WOY WOY 4344 3111 Monk Buddhas $49.95 Meditation Buddha $119.95 Bamboo range from $19.95 c8638511-5Nov Drop and give me 10 1 Try before you buy. "Buy a single-visit or weekly pass to the gym you are considering, and visit on the days and at the times that you would if you were to become a long-term member," Dr Janse de Jonge said. Some gyms will offer you one free trial visit. But even if you have to pay for the visit, it's worth it. 2 Beware the sales pitch. "It's quite easy to get trapped by a slick sales pitch," she said. Staff offering a "special deal" which is available only for "a limited time" is common. 3 Shop around. Don't commit to the first gym you sample. "Try a few, and check out everything from the classes and equipment to the change rooms." 4 Who goes there? "It's important to feel comfortable in the company of the other people at the gym," she said. "If you are a middle-aged man hoping to lose some weight, you might not feel comfortable in a gym full of good- looking young people -- unless you decide to use that as motivation." Some gyms specialise in bodybuilding, some are really into cardio work, and others cater for a wide cross section of people. 5 Staff of dreams. "Try a few classes to see if the staff teaches in a way that you enjoy and find motivating," she said. "And in the good gyms there will always be an instructor walking around the gym floor who is available to help you." You can also ask to see the staff's qualifications. Look for staff with a Certificate III in Fitness (gym floor instructors), a Certificate IV in Fitness (personal trainers), an exercise scientist (these staff have completed a three-year university degree) or an exercise physiologist (these have undertaken further specialist training to enable them to work with people who have medical conditions). 6 Do you mind? Some gyms now offer babysitting and child-minding facilities. 7 The where and when. If you plan to exercise midweek, choose a gym that is on the way to, or on the way from, your workplace. "It is very hard to arrive home from work and then motivate yourself to go out again to the gym. So if the gym is on your way home, that is ideal." Likewise, if you choose to exercise at the weekend, choose a gym that is close to home. Also check that the classes you are interested in are held at a time that suits you. 8 Weight not wait. Are there enough pieces of exercise equipment in the gym? Or are people always standing around waiting to get onto a treadmill or bike? 9 The spend. The cheapest gym is not necessarily the best option -- particularly if that gym is out of your way, or not open when you plan to exercise. "But if you go for an expensive gym with all of the latest equipment, but you can't really afford it, then you aren't going to enjoy the experience." Remember that the main reason for going to the gym is to feel better about yourself. "And you can't do that if you are stressing about how much each gym visit is costing you." 10 Any extras? "Ask if your membership includes an initial fitness assessment or a personalised training program." Some gyms also have pool, spa and sauna facilities. But are those extras something that you would use? TIME OUT: Christie Laing, of Anytime Fitness, inside Diggers @ The Entrance, where members can exercise at literally any time of the day or night -- the gym is open 24 hours. Picture by Aaron Brown. Boost your staying power Dr Janse de Jonge (pictured) said that enjoyment was the key to a long and healthy relationship with your gym. "Try to sign up with friends or family members," she said, "or make sure that there are people at the gym that you will enjoy spending time with." And be realistic. "Joining a gym is all about committing to a lifestyle change. You need to fit the gym into your life somehow. It may seem hard at first, but once you have been visiting the gym for a while, it becomes part of who you are."
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