Know how you can find your perfect gym

Variety: Joining a gym means you can mix up your activities to make exercising more fun and interesting. Photo: supplied by Fitness Australia.
Variety: Joining a gym means you can mix up your activities to make exercising more fun and interesting. Photo: supplied by Fitness Australia.

If you're looking to boost your activity, a gym can be a great one-stop-shop for all your physical health needs.

They come in a range of shapes and sizes depending on what you are looking for, whether that is the latest equipment, personal trainers to tailor a program, or a fun variety of classes so you can mix it up to help you achieve your goals.

There's no doubt we could all do with a bit more movement in our lives and there are numerous physical, mental and social benefits to being more active more often, according to Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish.

"But just like buying a car or a new smartphone, you need to do your research to make sure you find the perfect match with the right features," he said.

Fitness Australia is the national peak industry association whose purpose is to help make Australia a more physically active nation through a range of initiatives including consumer education.

Barrie recommends asking these questions before joining a gym:

1. Are you a Fitness Australia member?

Fitness Australia has 3,500 business members who are committed to providing a safe and professional service in line with its National Code of Practice.

It has 20,000 registered trainers who are up to date with the latest industry standards and training techniques to develop programs tailored for your needs.

To find the right gym, trainer or activity for you, visit: fitnessaustralia.com.au.

Preparation: A gym should always carry out a pre-exercise screening before you start a program.

Preparation: A gym should always carry out a pre-exercise screening before you start a program.

2. Could you please take me on a tour?

Gyms are always more than happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you have about the facilities, classes, safety and security.

Most will even offer you a free trial so you can make sure it is right for you before committing.

It is also a great chance to scope out the types of people who use their gym. You'll probably be surprised - it's no longer just for Arnie types!

3. Do you carry out a pre-exercise screening with new clients?

Have a pre-exercise screening done before starting a new exercise program if you currently lead a sedentary lifestyle, are intensifying your current exercise program or you've had a change in the condition of your health.

It is a tool which helps professionals understand your current physical condition, any health factors, exercise history and your goals so they have the knowledge to understand your individual physical activity needs.

4. How much does membership cost?

Make sure you understand all the fees involved, as well as your potential gym's contract and cancellation policy. Don't be afraid to shop around for the best deal.

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