Buying A Gym Pass – Stretch Your Cash And Shrink Your Waist

Buying a gym pass can be a great motivational tool to keep you working out. However, in these tough economic times, every dollar counts. So what is going to work best for both your bank account and to reduce belly fat?

Length of pass

A 12 month membership can be a scary outlay on the wallet, especially all in go, so a shorter length of time can be more affordable as a one-off cost. Beware of 1 day passes as these are the most expensive way to get into a gym. Multiply the number of times you would go in a week or a month and you will see what we mean.

One month passes can be good if you are only looking at a quick fix before, say, a vacation. Why quick fix? Well, normally once the month is up most people take a planned or unplanned breather before they join again. If this coincides with your vacation, great. However if it is only going to coincide with a rest on the couch, it may be not such a good plan. Before you know it you will be right back where you started, needing another gym pass.

Three month passes will be more costly as an outlay, but when you split it over the 3 months you should come out a long way in front. If the amount is too shocking for the bank balance see if the gym will split the payment up into installments. Right now, those scenarios are becoming more likely as gyms and health clubs scramble for members. (You also will not be the only person asking.)

The other great benefit of a 3 month pass is that by the end of the 12 or 13 weeks you will be into a totally new and better routine. Your mind and body will have become accustomed to hitting the gym and you are less likely to stop going when your time is up. (Bear in mind that some bad habits can take longer than a month to break.)

Other features to look for

Of course, one of the only good things about a downturn in the economy is the fact that many gyms and health clubs are offering better deals. See what sort of incentives are out there before getting that gym membership.
* Free personal trainers and nutritionists can literally save you a fortune. While most gyms will offer a trainer free initially, see how many complimentary consultations you are entitled to.
* Free child minding facilities. Why pay for a sitter at home if you can get free child minding? Check out the staff’s qualifications and that the kiddy area is in fact child friendly.

Cost effective measures.

* Share with friends. Some gyms offer incentives  such as friends can work out for free. If any of your friends belong to gyms why not try these gyms for free before committing yourself. Taking friends for free is also great motivation to stop you jamming out when you first get started.
* Car pool with friends or colleagues can be a great way to save on fuel and car maintenance. It is also another great motivator to get you going.
* Medical insurance. Check with your health or medical insurance to see whether you are entitled to any sort of rebate. Many insurance companies are promoting pro active health measures to minimize health claims down the track.
* Employer’s discounts. Those people who work for large corporations may be entitled to gym discounts. Do your research.

The fine print.

* Extras. Check out that the pool and any special classes like Pilates, aqua aerobics, etc are covered in your membership.
* Class times. If you are wanting to take a few classes it can be worth your while to ensure that the classes are running when you can get there.
* Variety of machines. Before handing over your cash check out the machines and facilities. Does the gym have everything that you might want or need?


Stretch your dollar while you shrink your waist line with a monthly or 3 monthly gym pass. These are far more cost effective than a day or week pass and will provide the extra motivation to keep you working out.

Nintendo Wii Fitness – Lounge Lizards Can Now Burn Calories

If you are visiting this site, you are probably not a couch potato. However, other members of your household, including your children, may well be. Perhaps your offspring or spouse could benefit from a little more exercise? Perhaps you like the thought of being able to use one of your child’s expensive gizmos that was purchased with your hard earned cash?

Whatever the situation, it would appear that Nintendo has done a splendid effort in getting butts off couches and burning calories in the lounge room, with the innovation of the Nintendo Wii Fitness, or Nintendo Wii Fit, depending on which part of the world you reside in.

What is Nintendo Wii Fit?

This program was created by Shigeru Miyamoto who was the mastermind of Mario. Basically, this add on comes in the form of something resembling your bathroom scales, a plastic board that you will be stepping on and off, or balancing on. This board communicates wirelessly with the console. The software includes such options as aerobics, yoga, balance, and strength training. Before you start you will have to program in your age, gender, and weight. The in-built calendar will track your improving flexibility, balance, strength, weight loss and BMI for you.

You will have an avatar representing you. If you are perceived as being overweight by the program, then your avatar will look a little chubby. Your avatar will slim down when you do. There have been some comments by the public complaining about the program being a little too critical or tactless. Some parents have objected to their children being described as chubby or clumsy.

This program starts off relatively simply and incorporates more challenging and interesting activities as you become more proficient. So, the more you play, the more of a challenge it will become. You can select a more formal style to your program or more casual. There are even little personal trainers included in the program.

Wii Fit will not replace your health club or gym membership. However, it is a fun and stimulating way to encourage lounge lizards to burn a few calories. There are several published articles available surveying individuals who have diligently added 30 minutes of Wii fitness to their lifestyles daily for 6 weeks. The results were pretty impressive. Weight losses between 6-9 pounds were encountered by those who took it seriously.

Who is Wii Fit good for?

Wii Fit can be perfect for those people who are housebound due to bad weather or other circumstances. You can turn this program on while the rest of the house is sleeping and work through your aerobics or yoga program in peace and quiet. Anyone looking to exercise at unusual hours will enjoy this fun and stimulating program.

Wii Fit can be a great way to get those lounge lizards in your house off the couch and moving around. After all, any movement is better than none at all. Please note, the cut off level is 330 pounds, so if you weigh more than this, you won’t be able to play.

A calorie burning fitness game has to be a step in the right direction. Hide the remote and bring out the Wii.