You’re getting serious about your weight loss regimen, and a gym membership seems like a good way to get your daily quota of exercise. But don’t be swayed by state-of-the-art machines and swanky interiors. Before putting down the money, weigh these six factors:

Is it close to your office or home?

One way to ensure you don’t skip your workout is by choosing a gym close to home or work. A five to eight minute distance is ideal. If you’re pressed for time, it’s unlikely that you will drive even 20 minutes for a workout. A gym that stays open all night is a big plus too.

 Do they offer a workout you’ll enjoy?

If your preferred form of cardio is aerobics, do they offer a class? Or if you’re seriously into strength training, do they have a space where you can do bodyweight workouts or foam rolling? To ensure you stay motivated to workout, it’s important you think long term and choose a fitness plan you feel passionate about. So make sure the gym you choose offers it.

 What do the online reviews say?

Are the trainers helpful, even if you don’t opt for personal training? Most gyms have a Facebook page, so check and see what other members are saying about the service before signing up.

Are there any hidden costs?

Do you have to pay extra for Yoga or Pilates? Are there any discounts on the spa treatments? Make sure you know what the additional costs are.

Is it clean?

Gyms can be a hotbed of germs, if they aren’t properly cleaned. While surveying a potential gym, check the bathrooms and corners for dust and grime. Also see if the machines and weights are being wiped down with anti-bacterial agents after use. Finding clean towels in a fresh smelling locker room is a good sign. 

Does it suit your pre and post workout routine?

Do they offer any healthy pre-workout snacks? If you’re headed to work after, make sure they have a good shower. If you enjoy a steam or sauna after working out, check for those facilities too.


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Written by Saravanan Hariram

Saravanan Hariram

“If you make a career out of your passion, you won’t have to work another day.” That’s a belief Saravanan “Sharu” Hariram has held, and since bodybuilding have always been deep interests, it is no surprise he chose to make fitness his profession.
A champion bodybuilder, Sharu realized early on that he loves teaching and helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. That’s what makes him an ideal partner for HealthifyMe. Apart from American College on Exercise (ACE) certification, he has also been endorsed as a nutrition and fitness trainer by Fitness One India and DSW Fitness (USA).
Sharu’s goal is to stay fit at any age, and he believes that everyone else should aim for the same. Make small changes to your diet, and exercise, and give it 21 days to become a habit, he says. To lead a healthy life, he believes your mind must have control over your body and not the other way around. So think healthy, and stay fit.

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