Sitting on the couch with the family watching ‘The Biggest Loser’, bowl of ice cream in hand, I quickly realized the irony happening. While being frustrated with the extra weight I had been carrying, it had not been enough to motivate me to exercise. I had tried a few videos at home, but quickly tired of the same routine every day. The weather was an easy excuse to not get outside and walk. I didn’t have room for any equipment in my small space… so I had my epiphany that night in front of the TV.

The next day, I visited a local gym to begin my membership. If the contestants on the show could dedicate entire months to getting in shape, surely I could find an hour a day. The weight loss I had witnessed inspired me to match their success without having to put my life on standstill for a reality TV show. Since working out, the benefits have been tremendous.

Get in Shape

There are some people who argue against purchasing a gym membership, because of the cost and the process of working out every day. There are some who believe they can get a workout at home – but there are those of us who just need the extra kick in the pants from others in the same setting. Working out at a gym in Manchester can give you the companionship and inspiration you need. It also provides much of the exercise equipment that most of us just don’t have room for at home.

Having a fitness club membership connects you to others who have the same goal. It becomes a functioning social club. Many of these centres offer childcare for mums who need a break, and hours are open for anyone’s schedule. Classes are offered for a variety of skill levels, and attending a class and getting to know the instructors and other participants can really help get your heart rate working effectively for you. Other people want to share the knowledge about dieting and exercise tips that have really helped them.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I haven’t found the magic answer to weight loss. It is hard work, and there is a lot of sweat and tired muscles. The benefits have far outweighed any of the effort I have had to put in! So far, I have been watching the scales inch down, but better than that is I can fit in my old clothes. Since working out, I have had more energy than I have had in years, and I actually look forward to working out. (more…)