Say “exercise” and “resolution” in the same sentence, and you automatically think: “gym.” But the gym means many things to many people: an unnecessary luxury; a haven from the stress of work; a chaotic, stifling atmosphere populated by the fitness-obsessed; a reason to get up from the couch. Do you really need a gym to get your exercise? If so, what kind of gym should you choose? And what on earth will you do there?
New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope discussed a survey in her blog, Well
, that suggested that many consumers prefer local gyms to national chains; local gyms are frequently cheaper and often provide members with more attention. The quality of the gym experience can greatly affect the frequency of someone’s exercise regimen. Like a house, it must be the kind of place where you can see yourself spending a lot of time.