Reasons You Should Ditch Your Gym

Wondering whether or not your monthly membership charge is actually worth it?

You joined a gym a few months ago thinking it would be the perfect move to kick start your fitness progress, but months later you’re wondering if you should jump ship. [slideshow:81553]

It might be the price that’s giving you second thoughts, the fact that you aren’t much closer to meeting your goal or maybe you simply don’t like being there—whatever it is, if you’re feeling like it might be time to go, you need to seriously reevaluate your choice to join.

One key piece of information to remember is that you don’t need a gym membership to meet your fitness goals. There are actually a ton of different ways to stay fit outside of the gym (or at a different type of gym) and, most importantly, know that if you actually enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick with it.

If you’re wondering whether or not your monthly membership charge is actually worth it, check out these reasons to ditch your gym and consider calling it quits with your fitness center.

Unreasonable Contracts

Quite possibly the worst part of gym memberships, the never-ending contracts are something all gym-goers should be wary of. It’s not uncommon for gyms to try to lock in your membership for a year or more at signing and despite the discounts that come with longer contracts, they’re not always the best deal. Consider a shorter contract or read the long-term contract carefully; you should know what happens if you need to move, get injured or break the contract for any other reason. Gyms that pressure would-be members into long contracts often do so because they’re worried members would leave given an earlier out. Even frequent gym-goers should think hard about a long-term gym contract.

There’s No Sense of Community

Reaching your fitness goals can most definitely be a solo journey, but research has shown that the strength in numbers mentality applies in the gym too. A sense of community among members can help keep you accountable to your routine and you might even learn a thing or two from a knowledgeable gym-goer. Regardless of whether or not you like group exercise classes, a feeling of community is important to your overall success. If your current workout spot is lacking and the people are closed off, it might be time to move on.

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