Why not join the gym today? Why wait until January when the gyms are so busy you won’t be able to find a machine to use. A busy gym can sometimes be stressful and de motivating, not being able to get on any of the machines will more than likely annoy you.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas the gym is usually pretty quiet and it’s the perfect opportunity to branch out and try new machines or classes you have never contemplate trying before. It is also a great time to burn off a few extra calories that you may be consuming during the festive period.
If you are thinking about joining a new gym you should do you research before joining the gym as it is likely you are going to be spending a lot of time there. We have been members of several gyms over the years and always take into consideration the below tips before joining.
We hope our top tips help you make the right decisions and go on join the gym today you won’t regret it!
Location- the location of your gym is probably one of the most important factors you should take into consideration. In the past we have been members of gyms that have been a fair few miles away from our house. We like to attend a gym that is close to our houses and also means we can attend before or after work without having to go home first. Why not join a gym that is on your way to and from work that way you have no excuse!
Opening hours- is the gym open when you are likely to use it most? Lots of gyms are now open for 24 hours but not all are so it is important you check their opening hours. You will need to decide what time of day you are likely to exercise to ensure the hours fit your schedule. If the opening times don’t fit your schedule it is likely you will be paying for something you can’t access.
Monthly Membership Fees- You will need to take into account how often you are going to attend the gym. We like to work out the amount of days we will train at the gym in a month and divide this by the membership fee that way we can see the cost per trip. It is also important to check if you have a rolling contract of if you are committing yourself to an entire year as a member.
Fitness Classes- There are several questions you should ask yourself regarding fitness classes; Does your gym have fitness classes included in your monthly membership? Are you likely to attend many of the classes? Will attending classes motivate you? What is the timetable like? You should also ask the gym staff if you need to turn up early to the class to reserve a spot.
Personal Training- Some gyms have a lot of personal trainer, if you gym is quite small you should take this into consideration as they can sometimes take up a lot of floor space. On the other hand if you want a personal trainer at the gym this might be a positive as you will have a selection to choose from.
Facilities available- we would suggest emailing the gym and asking them about their facilities do they have enough machines to go around? It is important you make sure they have a wide variety of machines in case you every want to branch out in the future. We like to go to the gym before work so it is important the changing rooms are clean and have working showers. Some of the boutique gyms also offer a towel service which is great.
When someone says breakfast porridge is the first thing that comes to our mind. We cannot get enough of the stuff especially during the winter months when the mornings are so much colder. We have experimented with porridge a lot over the past year and even have a porridge series on our blog (recipes include Peanut butter and jelly & a taste of autumn).
We knew during blogmas we had to create a porridge recipe, we have mixed it up a bit though and gone for a baked porridge. This is the first time we have ever cooked baked porridge but oh my goodness it was delicious and we will definitely be having it more often.
It does take slightly longer to cook than ordinary porridge, so we will probably have to save this for the weekends when we have much more time on our hands. We hope you have fun recreating our recipe and let us know what you think!
50g Porridge oats
30ml Milk of your choice (may need more depending on the size of your bowl)
Drizzle of water
Red currants fresh or frozen (we used frozen)
Chopped mixed nuts
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
You will need an oven proof dish we got ours from tiger
Place the oats and nuts into the dish and stir so ingredients combine
Scatter the red currants on top
Pour your milk on top of the mixture and top with water
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes