5 Reasons Why Most People Join Gyms

· 28th April 2019
Exercising means getting healthy. There are different places and different ways that you can exercise. People sign up at a gym to stay healthy and live better. Other sources of motivation are socialization and even entertainment.

Exercising and sport are two concepts that go hand-in-hand. They’re also connected to health, well-being, and quality of life. Taking it even further, why else do people join gyms? It’s a common question that we’ll explore in our post today.

More often than not, physical activity is directly related to the place where it’s actually carried out. Every sport needs a specific place or set of equipment.

Going to a gym is synonymous with (though there may be some exceptions and variations) lifting weights and using machines. They basically mean sweating–and lots of it.

Going beyond personal reasons, we shouldn’t just see signing up at a gym as a financial investment, but one of time and effort as well. In our post today, we’re going to look at common reasons for joining a gym.

Reasons why people join gyms

1. To have fun

In order to reach goals, the first step is visualizing the finish line. Having fun and letting off steam are two completely legitimate reasons for going to the gym. Keeping that in mind, exercising on a machine can not only be entertaining but also very stimulating as well.

2. People join gyms to look great

Few will admit it but the biggest reason why people join gyms (or exercise in general) is to improve their physical appearance.

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Men dream about showing off their bare abs at the beach on a perfect summer day. And women are just the same.

But six-packs aren’t the only thing on people’s wish lists. Glutes, legs, calves, biceps, triceps, backs, shoulders, chests; almost everyone wants the perfect body.

To nail these goals, you have to watch your diet in addition to swapping a sedentary lifestyle for sweaty gym days. But without the proper diet, goals will evaporate into wishful thinking regardless of how many hours you spend at the gym.

3. Stress management: why people join gyms

Mental detox and venting are other big reasons why people join gyms. Getting away from everyday work and home routines can boost moods and bring joy.

Though exercise, the body releases toxins and secretes hormones that control stress. Over time, exercise has a positive effect on mental health.

On the other hand, some people become easily frustrated when exercising. They quickly begin to think that the gym is a waste of time and money.

Some people seek out the physical pain and soreness after a workout, but this extreme is hardly recommendable. Besides creating new problems instead of settling them, injuries are the only logical outcome.

Look for a gym that offers specialist physical trainers. Their guidance can prevent unnecessary fatigue. Additionally, to further protect yourself from excessive exhaustion, a personalized workout plan could come in handy.

4. Safety and belonging

A big plus of going to a gym is the safety of the equipment as well as the personnel that they offer. Thanks to the well-rounded service, the quality of the equipment and floors, gyms are a perfect place to exercise carefree.

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Generally speaking, a security system helps create a sense of community between the personnel, owners, and clients. These positive bonds create a sense of belonging that creates a family-like environment. As a result, exercising becomes an enjoyable and entertaining activity that’s well worth the time and effort.

5. Self-esteem and self-value

A person that feels like they belong to a community will have higher self-esteem. Thus, being part of a group that respects and guides a person to exercise builds self-value and esteem. You could say then that physical activity goes much deeper than the aesthetics.

Lastly, the improvements in both physical appearance and health help create a sense of contentment, which goes alongside self-acceptance. Body image is connected to our inner-self and the more it aligns with a person’s goals, the higher his or her self-esteem.

  • Alejandra María Franco Jiménez; José Enver Ayala Zuluaga; Carlos Federico Ayala Zuluaga. 2011. La salud en los gimnasios: una mirada desde la satisfacción personal. http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/hpsal/v16n1/v16n1a13.pdf