Don’t dismiss autumn as an excellent time to really fall in love with fitness. Although many people say the warmer months make sticking to an exercise regime much easier, you’re still going to face the same battles with changing old habits to new, no matter what the weather. You think warmer, longer days will make all the difference and you vow to give working out another crack in the spring but there is no better time than now.
When it comes to exercise, there are the five key factors that will support you seeing your long-term fitness goals through the winter – variety, convenience, flexibility, affordability and community.
Variety Creating exercise habits are an important part of maintaining wellbeing. However, if you work out regularly it can be easy to fall into the trap of doing the same type of exercise every time. Although attending the same class, at the same venue, on the same day of each week, might make your workouts feel more comfortable and help create a routine in your day, this will come at a cost. Not only do you risk the dreaded ‘plateau’ in effectiveness, but recent research has also revealed that the average single venue attendee ends up cancelling their memberships after three months. Meanwhile, those who visit multiple venues are four times more likely to be active six months after joining. So aside from the physical benefits of mixing up your workouts, finding diversity in your exercise routine will help you stay inspired, motivated and on track in the long run, which is essential for long-term wellbeing.
Convenience Making your workouts realistic is another key factor for successful long-term fitness. If you finish work at 6 pm, booking yourself in for a class on the opposite side of town for 6.15pm just isn’t realistic, let alone convenient. Finding workouts near home or work that you love, and that work around your existing schedule both in time and geographically is a great way to make your exercise feel less like a chore and more enjoyable. MoveGB is the UK’s largest activity platform, inspired by the Netflix model to offer users the first completely unlimited and on-demand membership, for access to thousands of activities nationwide. The app, which offers a ‘find your location’ function and over 6,000 fitness providers, is designed to offer the highest level of convenience, meaning you can find a workout nearby wherever you are, be it work, home or on a trip elsewhere in the country.
Flexibility Despite your best efforts, understandably from time to time weeks or even months can go by without any emphasis on fitness in your life. Perhaps you’ve come down with the nasty flu, you break a bone, or you go off on a round-the-world adventure? Whatever the reason the last thing you need is to worry about being charged for a membership you haven’t used or, similarly, the seemingly ever-increasing fees incurred for pausing a membership. Determined to take care of its 300,000 users and 6,000 fitness partners and offer the ultimate flexibility, a MoveGB membership can be cancelled at any time, with absolutely no fees incurred and no questions asked. Putting the user in complete control of their membership, it can be upgraded, downgraded, frozen or activated at any time. What’s more, if you haven’t got round to using your membership for whatever reason, the team are on your side and will happily reimburse you.
Affordability If you’re looking to take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle or you’ve enjoyed a long-term love affair with fitness memberships, with the rising cost of coffee and interest rates you might be wondering whether it’s really justifiable to start or continue paying that monthly membership at your local gym or boutique yoga studio. Not least because having a membership to just one gym or studio means you may quickly find yourself lacking in variety and inspiration. With a MoveGB membership, for the same price you might pay for monthly gym access or an unlimited membership at one boutique studio, you’ll benefit from unlimited access to hundreds of gyms and studios, so you can explore your city finding activities you love without paying the premium at every location. Plus, the user can choose from a selection of package tiers, so there’s something to suit everyone.
For many, a big part of working out is that it’s an opportunity to be part of a community, offering that feeling of ‘togetherness’. And there’s certainly something to be said for ‘strength in numbers’. One study showed that 95% of people who started an exercise program with a friend completed the program, compared with a 76% for those who went alone. Another 2016 study also showed that the healthy behaviours of others rub off on us – with overweight individuals losing more weight if they spent time with their fit friends. So not only can it help you to reach your goals, but it also makes it a more enjoyable experience.