joining health club checklist

Aside from the obvious benefit of a higher level of fitness, joining a health club can offer a wide range of advantages for your body and mind. We all want to be fitter however do we know what benefits that level of fitness will bring to you?

Fighting the battle against weight gain is never an easy one and joining a health club gives you the upper hand. Eating healthily will only get you so far and to really fight the flab you need to hit the gym. Whether going to classes gets your heart pumping, you prefer slogging it out on the treadmill or a session in the swimming pool is your thing, the health club can provide all of these, meaning that you can keep up a variety of exercise methods without getting bored.

Ensuring you eat a good diet will improve on your health; avoid starchy carbohydrates as well as the obviously bad foods containing high fats and sugars. Be careful with foods that claim they are ‘health foods’ but actually contain high amounts of processed sugars.

If you have been diagnosed with an illness such as high blood pressure, you may be afraid to start at the gym. However a specially selected workout routine can be exactly what your heart needs for optimum health. But remember to always consult a doctor before starting a new exercise regime.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Stress is one of the biggest causes of future health problems and time off work. One of the best stress busters is taking time out to go to the gym. The endorphins your body releases whilst exercising gives you a huge mental boost, the only hard part is getting into the right mind-frame to join your local health club.

At some health clubs you will find spa facilities, meaning after a long hard workout you can go and treat yourself to a well-deserved treatment, adding to the benefits of your visit. Whether it’s a massage, facial or scrub treatment you will leave feeling refreshed!

The implications of getting stronger from working out at the gym are often overlooked. Whether you are a woman or a man you will benefit from extra strength from this kind of workout. Imagine how easy you will be able to pick the kids up or move things round while you decorate! Pink and Madonna are famously muscular women who are proud of their strength and look great for it.

More and more insurance companies are offering discounts on health and fitness club memberships in the Dallas and Houston areas and throughout Texas, so it may be a good time to join a health club to stay in shape and continue to improve upon your overall health. But be careful. If your health club cuts corners when it comes to safety, sanitation and staff training, you may actually be jeopardizing your health by working out there.

Now that you know that you should keep your eyes open, here’s what you should expect from a health club:

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Must Have Facilities of the Health Club

1. Instruction on the proper use of equipment and facilities

When you join a health club, someone from the club’s staff should ask you to fill out a health history questionnaire. If you have a serious health problem (e.g., a heart condition or a bad back), the club should require that you obtain medical clearance before starting an exercise program. You should also be invited to a new member orientation session, which is usually a one-on-one session to learn club rules and how to properly use the exercise equipment. Staff members should also work with you to design an exercise program that meets your needs, taking into account any health problems or physical limitations you might have.

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2. Staff members who test your fitness when you start an exercise program

Staff members should check on you periodically after your initial consultation. Even after you’ve been there for a few months, they should be readily available to answer questions and teach you proper exercise techniques. This is possible only if there’s an adequate instructor-to-member ratio. If there are only a few staff members on duty, they may not be able to give you the personal attention you need to exercise safely.

3. Qualified and well-trained staff members

All staff members should know about health and fitness issues and should be trained in CPR and first aid. In addition, exercise instructors should be certified by a nationally or internationally recognized organization such as the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America or the American College of Sports Medicine.

4. Equipment and facilities are clean and safe to use

Check out the condition of the equipment and the cleanliness of the facility. Even though state and/or local governments must license health clubs, there’s a chance they may not be closely regulated. However, they may be certified by a national organization, such as the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association, which requires members to maintain clean, safe facilities and adhere to a strict code of ethics. So dirty locker rooms and broken equipment can sometimes signal that the club is in financial trouble, especially if the condition inside the club has recently taken a turn for the worse.

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Signs that Health Club is Maintained

These are signs that your health club is adequately maintained:

– The club should have routine sanitation procedures.

– Members should be instructed to clean off machines after use. So look for adequate paper towels and spray bottles of disinfectant.

– The facility should be big enough to accommodate members, even during peak periods. Find out if the club limits memberships to keep crowding to a minimum.

– Exercise equipment should be relatively new, not outdated.

– All equipment should be clean and in good repair. Worn or torn equipment may be a safety hazard.

– Instructions for use should be attached to each machine.

– Mats and flooring should be clean and resilient enough to protect against injury.

– Showers and locker rooms should look and smell clean, with absolutely no mold or mildew visible.

– The pool and hot tub should be sanitized regularly. Signs of inadequate sanitation include pool water that burns your eyes or foam in the hot tub.

– Rules of use should be posted in the pool or hot tub area.

– First aid kits should be well stocked and readily accessible to both staff and members.

5. Adequate security in and around the club

Health clubs often post signs warning members not to leave valuables in their lockers. Because lockers are notoriously easy to jimmy open, petty thieves often target them. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the health club has lax security, but it does mean that you should find out if the health club is going the extra mile to protect you and your possessions. Determine if your club has:

Security measures in place to ensure that only members or their guests can enter or leave the building, such as membership cards, surveillance cameras or gates.

– Well-lit parking areas.

– Security guards, if the area is especially dangerous.

– A well-attended child-care facility, if the health club offers childcare.

If you notice that your health club is not as clean or safe as it should be, talk to the club’s director. If your concerns aren’t resolved or if serious health violations exist, contact the local or state authority responsible for monitoring business or sanitary practices in your area, such as Texas Attorney General’s office or your city’s Health Department.

Whether you go to a health club or work out on your own, make exercise a high priority in your daily routine because staying active contributes to lasting health.

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Comments

  1. Carolina Rodhrecaz says:

    You may have read or heard about the term “functional exercise” being thrown around by personal trainers and fitness experts. With the increased awareness about the importance of core strength, flexibility, and movement patterns, functional exercise has become quite the buzz. The details are confusing given by google. So what exactly is functional exercise?

  2. melissacoolcat says:

    health club usually include brief bath, sauna and other stuff that are not fitness in themselves. just to hve extra charges and flings.

  3. Enrique L says:

    Home gym is more convenient but psychologically is usually going to make you go less. Because your home is usually your relaxing place where you chill and take it easy. Your not usually in the mood to work out and often times if you force yourself there is so many distractions that will cut it short on top of the fact you usually won’t go hard. Or you may try and split your workout and do it half and half but never complete the second half. The membership gives you first of all being in a location with no other distractions like food, sleep and relaxation and you go prepared and ready to work out or at least with it in mind. There are other people around you to keep the motivation up and to use as mental motivation to continue and reference for how long your resting. In order to go to the gym your already up and active, and this is all coming from personally doing this I have a home gym and it just is not as effective as a membership.

  4. thinkthought says:

    At my school I’m thinkin of setting up a self defense club, but first I need to convince the school to let me set it up. I have a few ideas right now but could someone give me a few ideas to include on my power point why this will benifit the school?

  5. I’m fourteen, freshman, and I want to get my mind off something. How can I meet other gay teens please! I know all these open guys but I don’t like them. There are no nearby clubs and stuff. There is a gay club at my school called GAPS (Gay And Proud Supporters) but it is the same day that I have a health club.

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