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5 tips that can make your New Year’s fitness plan last all year

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Now that you have bought all the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list, how about the perfect gift for you? The perfect gym membership perhaps? These 5 helpful tips in finding the right gym will help you work out more often, will protect your investment and will ensure that your New Year’s resolution lasts more than 3 weeks!

To ensure that you stick to the plan…

  1. Location, location, location

Do they grant access to all the clubs in their network at no extra cost? That way, no matter where you are, at home, at work or on the road, there’s a gym close by.

  1. Extra points for variety and diversity of services

Do they offer a good mix of services and machines? The main reasons for quitting the gym is boredom and lack of variety. The fact of having several options under the same roof is very appealing! Best make sure that they offer a wide range of machines, accessories, group exercise classes, lockers, showers, personal training and nutrition consultations, personalized programs, etc.

  1. Tech support

There is no shortage of fitness apps out there, but an app that allows you to stay connected to your gym at all times, now THAT’S cool! Whether it be to sign-up for a group fitness class or to check the current schedule, to transition your membership card from plastic to digital, to consult your made-to-measure workout program, to contact your nutritionist or your personal trainer thanks to a built-in messaging center, the variety of features on this brand new Nautilus Plus app* is extensive, and this is only the beginning! Something extra at no extra cost!

*available January 8 2018

  1. Don’t just look for a deal

There is no denying it, the price point will always be a top consideration for the consumer. But, is the cheapest deal really the cheapest? Free advice : watch out for hidden costs. Many advertise a base price to which other service fees are added. Fees for granting access to other clubs in their network, fees to guarantee or freeze your rate and even an extra charge for using the shower! Tally up all those extra fees in order to compare like with like. There are several different types of memberships available, so take the time you need to find the perfect fit for you.

  1. Moral and psychological support in addition to professional supervision

Like many people, you may feel that you’ll be able to do it on your own and stay motivated all year long. If that’s the case, hats off to you! But there’s no doubt about it: doing it on your own can be hard. The fact of having access to health professionals (kinesiologists and nutritionists) is reassuring and motivating. They will not only develop a personalized plan that will improve your odds of success, but they will follow up on your progress on a regular basis and encourage you along the way.

You can also sign up for supervised group training classes, which is the more economical option. These classes have many different themes that vary according to the desired objective. For example, running prep, obstacle course prep or nutrition classes where the nutritionist accompanies you to the grocery store and guides you through the myriad of nutrition labels and teaches you how to interpret them. In short, the choices are numerous and varied.

What are your criteria for choosing a gym that will help you stay motivated and stick with your fitness plan ?

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

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