Are many of you stumped by the challenges of daily life? Does sticking to a fitness regime always slip to the bottom of your (seemingly endless) to-do list? If so, joining a country club may just be the answer to your fitness woes.
Create a routine
One of the principal reasons we fail to keep weight off or maintain an exercise regime is the intrusion of daily life. When you factor in all those little distractions and commitments - some not so little - the need or the energy to exercise seems to slip off our radar. The expert consensus is that one good way to mitigate this problem is to regard exercise as non-negotiable, and as part of our daily routine. Diarising time to exercise, and ensuring that this becomes part of both your routine and that of your immediate family will make sticking to your plans far easier. So write it into your diary, or put it on the family calendar, and make it clear to everyone that this time spent exercising is immutable.
Use your friends
Your friends and family can reinforce your new routine - so use them! Making plans to exercise with someone else can be the incentive you need to get out of the house and moving, so make sure that you rope in some willing exercisers to get you going and ensure that when you leave the house you do not end up en masse at the local coffee shop or even the pub.
Join a club
There are a growing number of very well-equipped country clubs which offer a wide range of sporting facilities. Many offer competitive membership rates, and family packages which are well worth considering. Country clubs allow their members to enjoy sports such as squash, swimming, golf and tennis - so they are a good way of learning something new. On top of this, a country club is a means of meeting new friends in a non-threatening environment. Taking part in some group lessons will allow you to meet like-minded people whilst improving your skills and improving your fitness.
Research indicates that our sense of wellbeing is closely linked to our social networks. Exercise, of course, is a vital part of fighting the blues, releasing endorphins which govern our mood. One session therefore could be the motivation you need to be more willing to continue doing more.
So don't put it off any longer - get down to the nearest fitness club and put a spring back in your step. You won't regret it.