If your goal is to get healthier or more active, a 2017 study from Iowa State University confirms a gym membership is a start in the right direction.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, including two days of strength training.
The researchers found that “75 percent of study participants with gym memberships, compared to 18 percent of non-members, met the guidelines for both types of activity”. Other member health benefits included:
- Lower odds of being obese – weight loss is a main reason for joining a gym
- Smaller waist circumference – about 1.5 inches less for men and a similar trend for women
- Lower resting heart rate – about five beats lower than non-members
- Higher cardiorespiratory fitness – this measures heart strength, lung function, blood circulation and muscle mass
Researcher Duck-chul Lee said “Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight.”
Source: Iowa State University: “To improve health and exercise more, get a gym membership, Iowa State study suggests” 22 Jan, 2017
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