Gym memberships in the UK soar after the festive period. It’s hardly surprising; expanding waistlines and buttons popping off jeans drive many of us to exercise and diet, in a bid to lose those unwanted pounds.
The gym certainly provides an attractive option to shedding the weight. It’s something about those rows of shining machines, the pumping music and the plentiful aerobic classes that proves to be too tempting to resist, regardless of the monthly membership fee.
Most people quit the gym within the first six months; January is the most popular month for joining, with 12% of all members signing up; but by June, 22% of those have left the gym, with another 20% quitting by the end of the year
However, despite our most ardent New Year’s Resolutions to go to the gym at least once a week, the sad truth, according to a report in the Telegraph is that many quit their efforts a mere six months later. Unsurprisingly, January is the most popular month for joining, with 12% of all members signing up; but by June, 22% of those have left the gym, with another 20% quitting by the end of the year.
Gym membership is big business, with millions of people in the country spending up to £105 per month on ‘getting fit’. However, in spite of this significant investment, as many as 15% visit less than once a week (even in the first few weeks of joining) and 3% only visit twice a year!
Of course, if you enjoy going to your local gym, there’s absolutely no reason why you should stop going. However, figures indicate that, as a general rule, it’s not the most reliable way of getting fit.
If you’re desperately seeking ways of slimming down after seasonal indulgence, there are plenty of effective ways you can get fit for free, according to the NHS website.
When it comes to getting fit for free, it takes just as much motivation as it does to go to the gym, but without the price tag, thankfully! Ask friends and family to support you, set a realistic challenge for yourself, and go for it. We wish you the very best of luck!
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