When you're interested in getting a gym membership, it's often a good idea to evaluate the different types of memberships that are available. Some gyms offer pay-as-you-go memberships, which can be worth evaluating. In this membership structure, you pay a flat rate every time that you visit the gym, rather than paying one rate at the start of the month. This type of membership isn't generally suitable for the everyday gym goer, as this person would be better off financially to buy a standard membership. However, if you're in one of the following situations, paying as you go can be a good decision.
You're A Frequent Traveler
If you travel a lot for work or for any reason, a pay-as-you-go membership may be a smart move. Evaluate how many days of the month, on average, you're away from home, and then think about the remaining days and how often you'd visit the gym. If you calculate the cost of paying as you go versus buying a full-month membership, you might save money with the latter approach. For example, if you average seven to 10 days a month away from home and plan to work out every two days that you're home, a full-month membership likely wouldn't be as good as paying as you go.
You Share Custody Of Your Children
If you share custody of your children, your time with the kids might leave few opportunities for working out at the gym. For example, if you have your kids from Monday through Friday, and your spouse has them on the weekend, you might only have time to visit the gym on the weekend. Depending on the cost differences between pay-as-you-go and monthly memberships, it may be better to pay a small fee each time that you're able to get to the gym to work out.
You Do Shift Work
Your work schedule might sometimes influence how frequently you're able to work out, especially if your preferred gym isn't open 24 hours a day. For example, if your gym is only open during regular business hours, and you alternate between working day and night shifts, there may be stretches of time during which it is difficult for you to get to the gym while it's open. Paying as you go may thus be a better use of your money when it comes to buying a gym membership at the local facility.
Exercise can become a family fun time. If you get your entire family involved with an exercise regimen, not only can you get healthy as a family, but you can find the time you need to spend together. With schedules being as crazy as they are in many households, it can be hard to find the time to do anything more than say goodnight and good morning before taking off to take care of the day. My blog will provide you with several ideas that can help you get your entire family involved with an exercise plan that will fit in your schedule and be fun enough for everyone to enjoy.