Below I share the “Pros and Cons” of the most popular fitness and weight loss options available in 2019.
Over 90% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions don’t follow through on them by the time they get to March, it’s pretty common for people to fall off track, get discouraged, and completely abandon their goals.
Now you’re not short of options when looking to lose weight and get fit, though choosing the right one for you is absolutely imperative to your success.
Read on to see which option is best for you!
A 24 Hour Gym
Pros: They are cheap, well-kitted out with top of the range equipment, open all hours and they don’t tie you in to a long-term contract.
Cons: Minimal coach support unless you hire a personal trainer, no nutritional advice, you’re just a number, you could not turn up for a year and you wouldn’t even get a phone call.
Best For: This is a great choice for those who are already accustomed to regular exercise and those confident working out in a gym environment. It’s also ideal for shift workers and those who move around regularly.
To get long-term results at a gym like this, you need to be consistent with your workouts and ensure you are progressing a little each week. It would be a good idea to revamp your workout every 6-12 weeks.
A Health Club
Pros: People join health clubs based on the experience that they provide. They have top-of-the-range gym equipment and facilities, which include swimming pools, steam rooms and relaxation areas etc. They have a varied group exercise program and make for great family days out at the weekends.
Cons: These are a little bit more expensive than 24 hour gyms for the experience they provide. They also provide minimal coach support and the classes are typically one size fits all. They have trainers regularly on the gym floor but very few will come and give you any guidance. Nutritional advice is minimal and although you may get an initial induction there will be little follow up or reassessment.
Best for: This again is a great choice for those who are already accustomed to regular exercise and those confident working out in a gym environment. It’s also popular for people with young families as they provide for a great family day out at the weekend.
To get long-term results at a gym like this, I recommend that you have a structured program developed to your ability and then ensure that you go out of your way to reach out to the coaches for regular support and program updates.
A Weight Loss Group
Pros: They are cheap, require little commitment and offer good support and community.
Cons: The diets are unsustainable long-term and they provide misleading information. Also the tutors do not hold an accredited nutritional qualification, they have generally just gone through the program themselves and have now developed a business from it. Often you will find that the group leaders are actually overweight themselves.
There is little focus around exercise and increasing daily activity and the only measurement of success is weight, which does not give you a true indication of success.
Best for: Although I have noted a number of Cons for this option, I firmly believe that this is a great starting point for anybody looking to lose weight and improve their health. Not because I agree with their nutrition plan but because they make it easy for people to actually start focusing on their health.
They also have their members document their daily food intake, which alone can drastically improve your eating habits as you are much more mindful of what you are eating.
If you don’t feel confident to exercise and are looking for a supportive group to help you shed a few pounds then this could be a good start for you.
A Personal Training Studio
Pros: You’ll receive personal attention and be made to feel part of a community. They are results driven and provide everything that you need to get results exercise, nutrition, motivation, community and most of all, accountability.
Cons: They are a lot more expensive than gyms and health clubs but typically don’t provide the same standard of equipment or the luxury of a swimming pool. There are also lots of personal trainers out there who have very little experience (you can do a personal trainer course in just 6 weeks, which is ridiculous and a topic for another time!), so it’s really important that you do some research.
Best for: This is the perfect option for people who want and are committed to getting results.
The combination of exercise, nutrition support and regular assessments means your goals are top of mind whatever your experience.
If you lack confidence to go to a gym or are new to exercise then this will also be a good fit as you work closely with a coach at every session to build confidence and learn new exercises.
Pros: Running is probably the quickest and most efficient way to get an exercise session into your busy schedule as you can pretty much do it anywhere.
Not only that but you save on travel time going to and from a gym, meaning that after just 20-30 minutes of fresh air and stretching your legs you’ll clear your head, relieve stress and save your pennies as it’s absolutely free!
It’s also easy to get into as there are lots of running groups out there, or you can simply get a friend involved and have some productive social time.
Cons: A change in weather can be enough to put you off your workout. Also if you’re overweight and unconditioned then a running program can provide too much impact for your joints.
Often I see people who have not exercised for years pop on their running shoes and start pounding the pavements and before you know it, they’re in the physio having treatment because their body is just not ready for it.
Also when you first start running you’ll likely burn a lot of calories, but as you get fitter in order to burn the same kind of calories, you’ll have to run a lot longer or faster.
Plus if weight loss is your goal, you’re still going to need to address your nutrition.
Best for: If you’re time strapped but motivated to improve your health and fitness then this will be a great option for you. It’s the cheapest and most convenient way to exercise as you can do it absolutely anywhere.
Also if you’re new to exercise and want to progress gradually, you can simply start by walking and add in short intervals of jogging until you’re ready to start running.
So these are just some of the fitness and weight loss options that you have for 2019, but which one is the best?
Well only you can answer that question. The best for you may not necessarily be the best option for somebody else.
When choosing a fitness or weight loss program it needs to fit into YOUR lifestyle, it should be easily accessible for you and provide the support and accountability that YOU require to get the results you are looking for.
Best of luck
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