It is widely accepted that a gym membership is a necessity for anyone who wants to get in shape - whether that be to lose weight, build muscle, tone up or just to get healthier. But do you need to have a gym membership to lose weight?
The short answer is no; no, you do not need a gym membership to lose weight. But, there is far more to this discussion than this short statement.
A gymnasium can provide you with a variety of exercise machines, including cardio and resistance based, that you would not otherwise have access to.
You will also be subjected to an environment where others are actively exercising, so this can be highly motivational when you are undertaking your training sessions.
Further, the gym is also a very sociable environment where you can meet or train with friends to enhance the enjoyment of your exercise programme. This is particularly true with the exercise classes that can provide a fun and enjoyable experience.
But what if you:
- Feel intimidated in a gym?
- Cannot afford a gym membership?
- Don't enjoy the ambiance of a gym?
- Dislike travelling to the gym?
- Prefer to exercise at home or outdoors?
Well, a gym isn't for you. There is no point in forcing yourself to sign up for a gym membership if you're not going to use it. There are literally thousands of people seeking to lose weight. who sign up for a gym membership yet never attend. This is a complete and utter waste of money which could be invested into something more appropriate for your weight loss endeavours such as:
- Your own exercise equipment
- A nutritionist
- A personal trainer
Or a combination of the above.
Ultimately, it comes down to you as the individual. You need to establish an environment that is conductive of weight loss based on your body, lifestyle and goals. There is no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" approach to weight loss, such as joining a gym.
If you are interested in reading further on weight loss, I would recommend an article I wrote entitled "How to Lose Weight".