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The Advantages of Joining a Gym – 20 Reasons to Join

Joining a gym at any age can be a daunting experience if you're not used to it, but this post will show you 20 positive benefits of joining a gym that will significantly improve your life, especially if you're over forty.

Let's get started. You're in better shape than you've been in years. You're in better shape and stronger than you've been in years. You have more flexibility, a stronger body, and better skin.

Endorphins and testosterone are coursing through your veins, and your wife/partner finds your increased energy levels and newfound zest for life irresistible.

This is the vision that many people have when they decide to join a gym, and it is one that can become a reality if you are willing to commit to working out at a gym on a regular basis.

The advantages are numerous, so despite the recent disruption caused by Covid-19, read on to learn about twenty impressive advantages of joining a gym.

Plus, there's a surprise bonus one at the end that I think you'll enjoy.

The Advantages of Joining a Gym – Direct Advantages

So, let's not waste any more time. We are all aware of the primary advantages of joining a gym:

1. Better health

Let us begin with the obvious. When you go to the gym on a regular basis and crush the cardio and weights, you'll notice an improvement in your overall health and well-being.

This includes a stronger, healthier heart and lungs, as well as increased muscle strength – all of which are beneficial if you want to live a longer life.

Working out on a regular basis can also lower your risk of injury and illness, as well as help you avoid osteoporosis (bone weakness/loss).

Your efforts may also reduce your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes (type II).

Furthermore, lifting weights on a regular basis can be a more effective way to lose weight than just doing cardio like running, cycling, or swimming.

This is due to three major factors.

Following a weight-lifting session, your metabolism remains elevated for a longer period of time.

Regeneration of muscle mass. After a weight-lifting session (when your muscles ache), your body uses calories to rebuild them. You need more calories to feed your muscles as they grow stronger.

2. Tools and expert knowledge

Most gyms will have everything you'll ever need for your workouts. Whatever fitness goals you want to achieve, the gym has the equipment to get you there, from rowing machines to saunas, treadmills to free weights.

In addition, there should always be a qualified instructor in your gym to assist you in using the machines and exercising properly. When you're just starting out, this is invaluable.

You will struggle to compete with the resources and expertise of any gym, regardless of the equipment and space you have at home.

3. Classes and the community

Then there are the classes and a community of people who all have the same goals as you. Getting in shape.

You name it: spinning, yoga, crossfit...

Most gyms now offer a variety of classes at various times of the day to accommodate your schedule. They can be extremely motivating and help you get closer to your health goals faster.

As adults with jobs and children, it can be difficult to expand our social circle beyond the usual places; work, school, and the local pub.

However, going to the gym on a regular basis will allow you to make friends with a wide range of people who share similar health goals as you. Meeting and working out with friends can be one of the most motivating factors in achieving your health goals.

Advantages of Joining a Gym – Additional Advantages

So far, we've covered the obvious three benefits of joining a gym, but have you considered the following additional benefits of joining a gym?

4. Significantly improve your chances of actually getting fit.

A recent study (2017) at Iowa University discovered that gym members not only exercised more – for both aerobic and strength training – but also had better cardiovascular health outcomes. People who had a gym membership for more than a year saw even greater health benefits.

"Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of age or weight," said the report's author, Duck-chul (DC) Lee. Both men and women had similar outcomes.

The study also discovered that 75 percent of study participants with gym memberships met current health guidelines, compared to 18 percent of non-members (about 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week).

Evidence that joining a gym will significantly increase your chances of getting in shape!

5. Enhanced energy levels

Exercise boosts energy levels and makes you feel more alert. If you're tired all day and wish you had the energy levels of a 5-year-old, I've got some good news for you. You'll only feel like a 5-year-old if you run around and skip around like one! (Catch22).

Yes, all that huffing and puffing in the gym will improve your lung capacity, allowing much more oxygen to be pumped into your brain and bloodstream, making you feel more vigilant and prepared to act (or like a 5-year-old).

Furthermore, regular exercise helps your blood circulate oxygen to your muscles more efficiently, giving you more energy.

6. Less hip and back pain

My own path to joining the gym began with a crippling back pain that sent me to a physiotherapist in search of relief. She informed me of the advantages of joining a gym and encouraged me to begin running, swimming, and stretching.

She was correct, and while I'm not qualified to give you medical advice (consult your doctor, okay), regularly working out and strengthening my hamstrings, core, lower back, and overall body has significantly reduced my back pain.

But don't just take my word for it; the Arthritis Foundation recommends physical activity and strength training as the primary defense against hip and back pain – which you can do at home – see point 4.

7. Increased flexibility and balance

I recently asked The Stretch Coach's stretching and flexibility expert Brad Walker what happens to our bodies as we age and what we can do to stay flexible, well-balanced, and pain-free. His reaction:

"You're going to lose it (your body) if you don't use it."

"As we age, our muscles and soft tissues shorten and shrink, and we lose a lot of elasticity, so everything from ligaments to muscles and tendons shortens, contracts, and tightens up" (which is why old people shrink in height and appear bent over).

By keeping our muscles strong and stretching (as you should do before and after your workout), we can move around without restriction or aches and pains. Most people are unaware that most of their problems can be solved with just a little bit of relief from that painful area."

When your body is stronger, more flexible, and better aligned, you will naturally benefit from better balance.

Perfect for when you don't want to fall over while doing your 'Dad Dance' at family gatherings or on the playground.

8. Better physique and posture

Regular exercise and strength training will (over time) change your body shape, help you lose weight (when combined with a healthy diet – see point 12), and improve your posture.

If, like most middle-aged men, you sit and work at a desk all day, you're bound to experience upper and lower back pain, as well as rounded shoulders (upper crossed syndrome).

For me, this is one of the most significant advantages of joining a gym and becoming fit and strong in my forties. If I don't correct my dreadful posture and physique now, it will only worsen and cause me more problems in the future.

9. Motivation and dedication

While working out at home has its advantages, it can also be detrimental to your motivation and commitment to completing your routine.

With a million distractions and kids around your ankles, excuses like "I'll work out after the kids are in bed" or "I'll do it after dinner" usually turn into "I'll do it tomorrow." Of course, this never happens.

Your motivation and commitment to truly getting fit and strong will be jeopardized from the start if you lack real focus and a solid routine to follow.

Going to the gym a few times a week, with no other distractions, and truly committing to that program will not only help you stay on track but will also help you lose weight.

10. Establish positive habits

What you do defines you.

Although working out can be difficult and we often don't feel like doing it, just getting through the door of the gym can be motivation enough to do a little bit.

However, it can mean the difference between doing something and doing nothing.

That means everything.

When you stick to and live by a routine, you're developing a positive habit that will eventually define who you are. After all, your present actions decide your future.

11. Stress reduction, anxiety reduction, and improved sleep

Exercise, for reasons that are still unknown, has been shown in studies to significantly improve sleep while also reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

It appears that incorporating a good workout session into your daily routine will help you sleep better at night – helping you feel more rested during the day. This could be due to the action of actually tiring yourself out through exercise, a change in your body temperature, or the time that you work out.

Exercise has been shown time and again to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by increasing oxygen levels in the blood, endorphins, and changing one's focus.

There's a reason why the adage "Healthy body, healthy mind" persists.

12. Drink more water and eat more healthily.

I'm not sure how much water we should drink on a daily basis, but I do know that drinking more water every day will make you feel better. After all, our bodies are composed of 60% water, so we require it.

You'll be thirsty while working out in the gym, so do yourself a favor and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to significantly increase your water consumption.

Although you'll be sweating during your workouts, negating the increase in water, making it a habit to drink more H20 will benefit your skin and organs. Take a look at these statistics:

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are 73% water, and the lungs are approximately 83% water. The skin is 64% water, the muscles and kidneys are 79% water, and even the bones are 31% water.

I'm not sure about you, but when you finish a good workout and feel fitter and stronger, you're far more likely to nourish your body with goodness rather than junk food.

So, naturally, going to the gym and feeling good about your health will help you make better choices about what you feed your body.

The only recipe for a strong, healthy body and mind is to drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet, and exercise.

Improve the quality of your sperm.

According to a 2016 study, moderate exercise three times per week can improve the quantity, quality, and health of your sperm.

Losing weight, drinking less alcohol, and quitting smoking, in addition to your regular workout (about 30 minutes on a treadmill three times a week), could help you get the bun in the oven faster.

14. Loss of weight (or gain)

If you combine a healthy, balanced diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise at the gym (see points 4, 9, and 12), you'll most likely lose weight (if that's your goal).

Alternatively, if you, like me, want to improve your strength, physique, posture, and gain weight, then hitting the gym is the place to be.

15. Improved skin

Exercise increases blood flow and provides oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, making your skin clearer and slowing the aging process. This increased blood flow also aids in the removal of waste products and free radicals from working cells.

L'Oréal will be requesting your phone number before you know it!

Endorphins are the feel-good hormones.

Simply put, exercise increases endorphin production, which is known to produce positive feelings and, in general, improve happiness.

17. A mind that is sharper and more focused

Exercise directly improves one's brainpower and memory. All of that oxygen and increased blood flow to your brain will do wonders for your cognition. The more you practice, the better you'll become.

Which other aspects of your life might benefit from improved brain functionality, energy, and focus?

18. Time as a gift

One of the most common reasons for people not going to the gym is a lack of time. This is especially true if you're in your forties and have a job, a house, a family, and elderly parents to care for.

But what if we consider it this way:

What if the few hours you spend in the gym each week could actually add years to your life? Is it really worth it?

What about the increased energy and zest that exercise will provide? You'll be more agile, quicker on your feet, and sharper – and what if that sharpness improved your ability to work harder and smarter? Could you leave your job earlier?

What about the serious health issues you could avoid in the future as a result of your new healthy lifestyle? How much time was squandered waiting in lines and collecting pills?

What if the few hours per week you give up now could provide you with the gift of time later in life? Is it really worth it?

19. Increased testosterone levels

Even in older men, exercise can boost testosterone levels – the hormone that fuels your fire as well as many other'male' characteristics – and thus boost your performance.

20. Improved sex

As middle-aged men with families, work, and stress on your plate, sex may not be as regular or as enjoyable as it once was.

Your romantic evenings have been replaced by staying awake long enough to watch the news before collapsing on the sofa with a can of beer and a few crisps wedged between your legs. Sexy!

With better health, a stronger body, better skin, more energy, and more testosterone, you may find yourself hitting a few more home runs than usual!

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