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Angie's List: Is Joining a Gym the Right Thing for You?


It's a pretty common new year's resolution--losing weight and getting in shape.

The experts at Angie's List have some tips about whether you should join a gym to help you achieve that goal.

They say picking the right gym can be a little overwhelming because there are so many factors to consider, like cost, hours, and whether you have to sign a contract.

"Be sure you understand what you are signing yourself up for before you sign up for a gym, especially if you haven't been an avid fitness person before," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "You want to make sure your contract has flexibility in case you change your mind."

Some gyms have more benefits than others. Angie's List says it's important to think about what will work best for your life so that you actually use your membership.
Some memberships offer child care, training and more.

"Our membership benefits include free babysitting while you work out, six months free wellness coaching," says Linda Martin, spokesperson for an Indiana gym.  "We also have group exercise classes that are complimentary with your membership. And anything from Zumba to cycling to water aerobics."

Angie's List says if you're not sure, just try it out.

"Try some trial passes at a gym. Maybe go with a friend on a buddy pass. And also you might find just buying the treadmill and having it at home, which has worked well for me over the years, might be your best bet," says Hicks.

Angie's List says remember to find out what would happen if you move to a new area--find out if you would you be able to cancel your gym contract.



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