Strong Body Helps Build a Strong Mind
Exercise is important to me and I
try to walk every day, as well as use my free
weights while watching the news. While I enjoy
going it alone, most of my friends enjoy the
companionship they find at a community center or
sports facility. If you are considering joining a
health club of some sort, here are some tips:
Pick one close to home. If
you have to drive more than 20 minutes to
exercise, the time cost will be too high, and you
will end up not going.
Purchase a family
membership. That way, you can take the kids, too.
Many clubs have a childrens play area that
they can use while you step on the StairMaster or
make the rounds of the Nautilus machines.
Make sure the club has a swimming
pool. Children love to swim, and theres
nothing better than having the whole family
around the pool on a hot day. In the summer
months, pack a picnic dinner and take the kids
for a twilight swim....a cool way to cool off.
Ask other members if the
club is "kid friendly." Some clubs are
havens for the social set who believe that kids
should be seen and not heard. You want to join a
club where kids are welcome.
Finally, if a club is
beyond your budget, use municipal facilities.
Many towns and cities have a public pool and
parks with fantastic facilities. Use
them.....after all, you are paying for their