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Benefits of Joining a Gym

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
FieldHouse, Sudbury, MA

Maybe you think that working out at home can save you from the cost of a gym membership. However, you may not have considered all of the benefits of a fitness club - over working out at home. Let's take a look at some of the advantages:

A Wide Variety of Equipment

Our fitness gym in Sudbury MA offers a broad selection of exercise equipment and tools to make your workout even more effective. Whether you want to use weights, cardio and resistance training equipment, or core stability machines, you can do a variety of exercises with all types of options in equipment.

Safe and Comfortable

Only a health club can provide the environment that is exclusive to the purpose of exercise. Exercising around furniture and in a limited space is never an issue. Fitness gyms are strategically designed so that workouts can be executed comfortably in the right space. This means a large area, padded floors, a clean facility for comfort and safety, and all the right instructors and tools for the exercise being performed.

Group Exercise Classes

Group exercise classes are fun and motivational, but they are also perfect for stress relief. Group ex classes give you the opportunity for daily social interaction and camaraderie with others with similar weight loss and lifestyle goals. Having the chance to regularly socialize can reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, or the winter blues. Additionally, fellow participants can help keep you motivated, challenged, and coming back for more.

Access to Personal Trainers

Nothing beats the effectiveness of having an expert to formulate an exclusive exercise plan based on your current current fitness level and personal fitness goals. Your personal trainer will be at your side ensuring that you practice safely and that you challenge yourself completely. They will guide you every step of the way and demonstrate how to use new tools and equipment properly. Best of all, trainers keep changing and evolving your workout so you never get bored. An extra benefit: You will get tips on better nutrition and diet, too.

Fitness centers have other amenities as well like clean and updated restrooms, indoor basketball courts, functional fitness, and daily socializing. With all these great health and fitness options and benefits under one roof, a gym membership is cost-effective. What are you waiting for? Keep off the winter weight and contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

The Perks of Belonging to a Smaller Fitness Gym

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAGym members should refer to their gym as their church. For many, their gym serves as their "third place." The first: your home. The second: your workplace. Your third place: your communal place. A term coined by author Ray Oldenburg, a third place is a welcoming and comforting spot that involves regulars. A place where, as the theme song to the old TV show Cheers goes, everyone knows your name. (Not to mention, it's a healthier alternative to a bar.) A gym environment has enormous influence over our lifestyle choices and factors greatly into the creation and implementation of new habits, so this gym-as-third-place scenario can be a real blessing for your fitness regimen.

Though there are exceptions, privately owned fitness gyms cultivate this sense of community better than large gym chains. This is likely the result of having smaller membership populations, a greater emphasis on group exercise classes, a more specific fitness focus (i.e., kettlebells, Spinning, adult fitness, sports performance), and more emphasis on member retention.

Going to the gym is an experience you want to repeat over and over when you not only love the workouts but the staff makes you feel like family and fellow gym-goers become your friends who ask after you when you aren't there.

Membership fees can be more expensive than those $10/month gyms, but places that create a strong sense of belonging can pay you back in other ways. You can reap benefits in terms of developing positive relationships with those who hold similar values, of course, but also by decreasing medical bills. Simply put, greater consistency leads to better health and feasibly fewer doctor visits. When people ask what the best workout program is, the answer is always the same: the one you will do. And a third-place gym is well worth finding for that very reason.

So how do you find your health club? Do some comparison-shopping. Scope out the vibe at the gyms near you. Do the activities they do there interest you? How readily do the employees answer your questions? How happy do the members look? Do they interact with each other? Are you introduced to others? If you're looking for someplace to do something other than put your head down and earbuds in—if you're looking for a place to truly congregate—these questions are relevant.

You're drinking from the holy grail of health so it's important to experiment until you find the right place match for you. Contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury for more information or for a free-pass so you can give us a try.

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Winter Weight Loss: Gym, Metabolism and Physical Activity Make the Difference

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAWhy is it so difficult to lose weight in the winter? There is science behind physical activity, metabolism, and how they relate to weight loss (and gain) in cold weather.

Consider physical activity in the winter

There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat—so, to lose one pound of weight per week, we must cut out or burn an average of 500 calories each day. While it is possible to eliminate 500 calories from your diet, most individuals find it more enjoyable to use a combination of physical activity along with diet restriction in order to cut these calories. As a basic guide, you can assume that by exercising for 60 minutes per day at a moderate to high intensity, you can burn between 300 and 500 calories. That means you only need to cut 200 (and sometimes even fewer) calories from your diet in order to achieve the goal of losing one pound per week.

Obviously, being physically active is an easy way to achieve and maintain weight loss. But, in the winter months, when it is cold, icy and snowy outside, it can be difficult or even impossible to exercise. Shorter days make you feel tired earlier, preventing a trip to the gym. And, it's just so cold out, you can't bear the idea of heading to your usual yoga class. The lack of regular physical activity in the winter definitely contributes to higher levels of weight gain during the winter months.

Metabolism in Winter and Weight Loss

Now, let's consider how your metabolism acts in the winter and how this affects weight loss. The metabolism is the part of the body that burns food; it also is essential to make sure the body is running efficiently. During cold weather, our metabolism is what helps to keep us warm. Without it, our core temperature would drop. By working harder, the metabolism is burning more calories.

So, the science behind the question dictates that we should actually lose weight during winter months. Our metabolism is revved, and is burning more calories than in warmer months. However, our inability to maintain physical activity level results in fewer calories being burned, and more pounds being packed on. Find a way to get yourself to the gym every day, no matter what. It will help you maintain your weight loss goals!

For more information on winter weight loss, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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