1. Gyms Count on You Not to Show Up
About half of the people who start exercise programs quit within six months. To stick with it, begin slowly: choose a 30-minute walk-run program or a beginner’s water-aerobics class. Those who give up typically push themselves hard at first, then get discouraged.
2. It’s Often Cheaper to Pay as You Go
Economists at the University of California, Berkeley, found that the average gym user who buys a monthly or annual membership shells out 70 per cent more – or about $300 extra a year – than those who pay per visit.
3. Many People Use Treadmills Incorrectly
Holding on for balance is okay, but don’t support your body weight on your arms – it’s unsafe and burns fewer calories. If you can’t loosen your grip, try slowing down.