At this time of year it seems like almost everyone has taken out an expensive gym membership, and seem to spend far too much of their time there.
A new article in the Guardian has made the claim that these so called ‘gym rats’ may not even be undertaking a rigorous workout while they are there. Preferring to take advantage of the spa facilities, big screen TV’s and volume of the opposite sex.
And all this time we non-gym goers have been the guilty ones. Well, no more.
The survey of 2000 gym users by the sports equipment company Kettler has shown that ¼ of gym users admit they spend more time relaxing in the spa facilities than they do working out. Even though 1/3 of the respondents said they would not break a sweat at the gym, only ½ of the people asked will actually complete a serious workout.
Some of the common reasons provided for not completing an intense workout are; they are there to ogle the opposite sex, don’t know how to use the equipment and don’t want to sweat. It will come as no surprise then that only two thirds of gym members feel they get the most out of their membership fees.
Some gym fees can stack up to £2,000 per year. That seems like a lot of money to lounge by the pool and sit in a sauna for a year. Of course warming down is an important part of exercise, but it is not as important if you haven’t broken a sweat in the first place. You can’t warm down if you haven’t heated up.
You have to ask yourself if your money would be better spent elsewhere.
Luckily the gym is not the be all and end all to weight loss. On the Natural Ketosis Programme, exercise is not strictly necessary, as fast and sustainable weight loss is possible without it. By putting yourself into the natural fat burning state of ketosis, your body burns fat stores to provide the energy it needs to sustain itself. Forget about the gym, save your money.
An extremely bold 13% of the respondents claim to go to the gym, but in fact go somewhere else entirely. Next time you hear someone say “I’m off to the gym” as they leave work, check the closest pub.