If you’re like most Spokane residents and most people in general, there’s a little guilt from all of the holiday cheer come late December. This in turn inspires a New Year Resolution of a weight loss goal, which in turn equals signing up for a gym membership.
Why not? You’ve only seen a thousand MUV fitness billboards, or countless radio ads telling you the solution to your New Year Resolution is a gym membership. What they know and what you do not, is that only a small fraction of the resolution crowd in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the Inland Northwest will actually use their new membership past 14 days. That means, as great as that Spokane gym membership deal sounds, it’s really a numbers game and most of the time the gym wins.
Is signing up for a gym membership a scam?
No it’s not. However, they do know that after the New Year “deal,” the majority of those who’ve just paid for their new gym dues will quit and the equity of gym visits to memberships sold will favor the gym. Some gyms sell thousands of memberships during late December and January, exceeding the max capacity IF, every member was actually there at the same time. Ideally, using the gym is a great start, but most will quit their gym in Spokane, because of not knowing what to do. Additionally, the extra time commitment, and cost becomes a reality after the hype of New Year Resolutions fades.
Is this their fault? Not really. Is it your fault? That’s a not really as well. It’s a misinterpretation of one’s goals, and what it actually requires for one to undo years to a lifestyle of bad habits. If your signing up for the gym to have a social outlet, then you’re right on track. However, when it comes to results, their’s a hidden reality. That is, our fitness industry as a whole has everyone wrapped up around a quick fix.
Whether it’s from miracle supplements, to Beachbody infomercials, a SUSTAINABLE, healthy lifestyle is the point when your body can manage your ideal weight (no matter what this number may be) and can handle the ups and downs of life. It doesn’t fluctuate rapidly because you’ve found balance with a realistic fitness, nutrition and overall health plan.
Undoing years of bad habits doesn’t happen in a 21 Day Fix, or 60-90 days. It takes six months to a year or more of constant gradual progress. Plus, it takes a tried, tested and proven plan that helps you progress from where your level is, and beyond.
Does that mean starting with no activity, and then going “ALL OUT” my first week is a bad idea?
Definitely! If you’re new to fitness, or it’s been a LONG TIME, going all out your first couple weeks is a terrible idea. For one, you’ll be more sore than you can remember (sadly this is when most people jump ship on their fitness goals). Two, you’ll actually get the same results if you gradually progress from Day 1, to Day 2 and beyond. Plus, the gradual approach is the sustainable approach and helps newbies avoid burnout.
How can I make the most of my Spokane gym, or fitness resolution this year?
The keyword here is preparation and starting the new year with a plan. That doesn’t mean hiring one of the newbie gym trainers, but actually finding a plan and sticking to it. Whether you’re planning on going to a gym in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Boise or anywhere in the Northwest, get the area’s top fitness app Workout Anywhere.
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