Tips for Choosing The Health and Fitness Center That is Right For You

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(ARA) - In many parts of the country, the onset of fall and winter weather means a lot less time spent outdoors running, biking or swimming. If you're looking to stay active, consider joining a fitness center. It can be a great way to vary your routine, add some new twists to your workout and even consult a personal trainer to take your fitness commitment to the next level. Most important, it allows you to ensure that fitness remains a part of your daily life.

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However, with all the gyms, health clubs and fitness centers out there, how can you choose the one that best fits your needs? The experts at Life Time Fitness have offered some considerations to keep in mind before you make this important decision.

In order to make maximum use of the facilities at your fitness center, it must fit into your lifestyle -- the location should be convenient and the hours should mesh with your schedule. Choosing a gym that is close to either your home or your office typically is a good choice, since you won't have to go out of your way to work out. That also means fewer excuses. "The more convenient the fitness center is, the more likely you are to use it," says Mike Brown, senior vice president, operations, Life Time Fitness.

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