Some potential advantages of joining a gym as explained by Dr. Grant Cooper, MD
, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation include:
- It gets you out of the house and can be a positive social experience.
- Gyms and health clubs usually have better equipment and more workout space than you have at home.
- It is easier to find a trainer at most gyms.
- Many people find that the commitment to go to the gym each day makes it easier for them to actually work out on a daily basis. By contrast, a commitment to working out at home can be put off indefinitely with excuses ranging from "I'll go downstairs and work out right after this television show" to "I'll do it after dinner." Once you're home and surrounded by your loved ones and a million distractions, it may be harder to push yourself to work out. If you have a treadmill, ski-track, exercise bike, or other piece of exercise equipment gathering dust in a corner or closet, you know what I'm talking about.
- Your health club might have classes that you enjoy.
- The gym might have a heated pool. Many people with arthritis find that aquatic exercises are helpful. They are easier on the joints because the water buoys the body. Plus, it feels good.