Ten Things to Look for in a Fitness
FIY - Week 4
is your goal? Are you looking to burn calories? Do
you want to improve cardio-vascular function? Do you need
to relieve stress?
2. How much money
can you spend?
3. How do you
prefer to work-out? Do you like a social setting in a
small group? Are you comfortable in a large facility with
lots of peers? Do you need one-on-one attention?
Would you like to work out alone or specifically at
4. When can you fit
your workout time into your schedule? This is an
important question. Get out your calendar. Get out
your family's calendar. Look for the clear slots.
And then write it in. Commit to these times.
5. Check out the
facility. Visit unannounced. Is it
clean? Is the equipment in good condition --- even if you
don't plan to use it? Are people smiling?
6. Check out the
instructor's credentials. Remember that you can now
essentially buy credentials on-line. Never accept an
on-line certification if it is the instructor's primary
certification. An instructor might learn a bit
intellectually this way, but no one has actually witnessed this
instructor's teaching method, nor double checked their safety
7. What is the
class structure? Are you going to be comfortable in the
class no matter what level you begin in?
8. Do you need any
special equipment or clothing? For example, a yoga class
may ask you to bring a sticky mat. A running workshop
requires running shoes.
9. Does the class
progression make sense to you? Does it inspire you?
Does it sound overwhelming? If it sounds overwhelming, it
probably is. Look for something easier for your
first foray into the field.
10. Will you have
fun? If you don't enjoy this, it will quickly become
a chore. And then, it will quickly become a
bore. One person may enjoy running because the
scenery is always changing. Another may find it boring
because the activity never varies.
to you. Know yourself. And get to it!