With so many ads for gyms during this New Year, a fitness expert says studies have shown convenience is usually the biggest factor in long-term attendance.
Ronnie Carda, Faculty Associate at UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology, says that is a reason less glamorous, smaller gyms running 24-7 have been popping up in neighborhoods.
Carda says when taking on a new exercise routine the first five weeks should be about making the activity a habit by planning times to work out. He also says to “learn the techniques of the activity.” For example if walking is the new activity, make sure you have the right shoes and find the best routes.
He adds this time of year can be a challenging time to start a fitness routine as cold weather and limited sunlight can dampen one’s motivation.