Is It Difficult For You To Join a Health Club?

I am split, almost 50/50 on health clubs. I like their services, but I don’t always like their culture and I would love it if I could have one of those memberships that only cost you when you use the club and you don’t have to pay for it on the months that you don’t.

Getting in shape and being in shape are extremely important in our modern culture. We need exercise, we need health clubs and we need motivation to get fit. But health clubs aren’t for everyone and there is a growing collection of fitness clubs that are trying to address that need from men’s only clubs to women’s only to outfits like Curves for Women that take the club idea in a different direction.

But with so many new choices, why is it still difficult to join a club?

Big Reasons

Access is a big reason for many people. There are 24 hour clubs like 24Hour Fitness and Lifetime Fitness. So they are open all day and all night. This creates an access availability for people who want to work out but find scheduling in the way. But to be honest, if scheduling is your problem — a 24 hour club won’t make that easier unless you want it to be easier.

Location is another reason. Currently, there are no gyms in the immediate vicinity of my home. They are building one about five blocks from here, that will be a boost potentially and it’s a 24 hour club so that could help, too. But that won’t work for me unless I want it to work for me too.

Childcare is another big issue, but you have a lot of clubs that offer childcare today for a nominal fee. So why is it so difficult to join a health club?


You have to want to do it. It’s just like walking is easy for most of us — but unless you want to walk, you aren’t going to do it. So, tell me — is it difficult for you to join a health club? And if it is, why?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.