I came across this BBC News article released in 2018 about the state of gym membership in the UK and the rest of Europe.
The most compelling aspect of this article was the section titled ‘What puts people off working out?’
The article cites a survey in 2017 of 1,756 UK adults by Lightspeed and Mintel which listed the following reasons as to why people do not like working out:
- High cost of membership
- Preference for outdoor activities
- Not interested in exercising
- Don’t want to be tied into a contract
- Gyms are too crowded
Men were also more likely to prefer exercising outside – 28% versus 24% of women surveyed.
According to Public Health England adults should do:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and
- Strength exercises on two or more days a week to work all the major muscles
I know from my own experience that getting to a gym and being motivated to go is tough. It’s so much easier to simply stay at home to Netflix and chill.
But if you understand the benefits of living an active lifestyle and would like to make a change despite the warmth and comfort of your sofa then the solution is simple.
How to get motivated for regularly working out
Working out regularly combined with healthy food and drink choices really is the secret to success if you’d like to lose weight. But weight loss is not the only reason why people work out.
Falling in love exercise and wanting to move daily or every other day will come as a nice surprise to you if you’re willing to trust in yourself and make the choice to just get started.
Without knowing your particular reasons as to why you’re not working out I’ll tackle each of the most commonly cited reasons why UK adults are not working out.
High cost of membership
Yes gyms can be expensive, especially when you don’t actually use them.
I have not been a member of a gym for over 10 years because I could not stand the 12 month contracts, crowds at peak times, egos and faulty equipment.
That’s why I started working out from home with the assistance of an online coach to help me lose the marriage weight I had gained since getting hitched.
I loved the cost so much that I’ve since signed up to be an online coach to help teach, motivate and inspire others to give home based workouts a try for free.
Then if you like what you experience you can sign up to get me as your personal coach, a cooking channel, nutrition guides, recipes, dozens of different styles of work outs (boxing/weight lifting/cardio/step aerobics… and many more).
The most important aspect of this package of course is cost.
Memberships start from £160 for an entire years access.
Memberships do rise depending on if you would like additional support and extra materials but even at the starting memberships rate you’ll get your own personal coach (me) for a year!
Preference for outdoor activities
I’ve written about the benefits on so called ‘green exercise‘ before.
There is simply no better feeling than working out in the great outdoors where the air is fresher and the sunlight hits your face.
My online studio has the ability for you to download workouts to your device so that you can do them even when there is no internet connection.
Many of my clients travel and often download workouts so they can be done in the hotel room of even the hotel gym.
What’s cool is that on days when exercising outside is feasible I’ll do it in the garden or the local park.
Not interested in exercising
Now this reason for not being more active is rather more vague.
I can only guess that workouts have become stale and/or boring.
Possibly sticking to the same treadmill workout might be to blame but when you do not have a coach this can happen as there is no-one there for you to sound off when you’re not feeling it.
There is also no-one there to notice when you start to fall off the wagon and reach out to you when you need it.
This is why coaching is so important when you become a member of the Fitter Stronger You tribe.
The thing is the workouts inside the online studio are far from boring.
There is boxing, weight lifting, bodyweight HIIT training, aerobic step workouts, Yogo, Pilates, MMA workouts, street dance and much much more.
It is unlikely that you will find any of the exercises and program uninteresting.
Don’t want to be tied into a contract
This one I get because as mentioned above I’ve not stepped into a gym because of the way the lock people into a contract for 12 months.
That in an of itself is okay if the service levels were better.
Does it come with nutrition?
Does it come with a personal coach who will message you when you have not turned up to clock the miles on the treadmill?
What about access to additional information on suppliments or superfood shakes to help with recovery and weight loss?
Gym are too crowded
We’ve all been there and its a major pain in the butt when your set on working out on specific equipment only to find that your entire town has descended on the gym and is working out at the same time.
It spoils your mindset and to be honest waiting for a piece of equipment to workout on is not an optimal use of time.
Since I’ve started training at home I’ve cleared as much junk as I can from my living room to make space for working out.
Mrs Fitter Stronger You complains that I’ve turned the living room into a gym.
And for 20 minutes a day, yes it is!
The only crowding you will suffer from is from other members of your household watching you as your working out to make yourself fitter and stronger.