Maybe you’re starting on your New Year’s resolution in earnest; maybe you’ve been hit with rising membership fees at your previous gym; or maybe you simply want access to fun group exercise classes. Any way you spin it, here you are… on the hunt for a fitness center. While accessibility, workout facilities, class offerings, and equipment availability are all important factors to consider as you compare options, membership perks will also likely play a role in your decision.
For parents and caretakers, perhaps one of the most convenient perks any fitness center can offer is child care. Read on for just a few of the many reasons on-site child care should be at the top of your must-have list.
1. You can work out stress-free
You don't have to pay a babysitter top dollar while you head to the gym. You don't have to wait until your significant other gets home or is available to watch the kids. You can work out at a time that is convenient for you, or even work out with your significant other! One of the main reasons some busy parents say they don't exercise is that they simply don't have the time to spare while watching the kids.
2. Gym trips break up the routine
Some full-time parents and caretakers may find themselves -- not to mention the kids -- struck with cabin fever from time to time. This can be especially true for new first-time parents with young children. There’s no need to feel trapped in your own home! Take a load off by relieving yourself of babysitting duties for the morning and add variety to your child’s daily routine by bringing them along to the gym. You can drop them off with a trusty professional caretaker as you make your way onto the floor and pick them up once you’ve sweated to your heart’s content. Get healthy, have fun, and make sure your little ones are accounted for all in one fell swoop.
3. You meet people
You may feel like you’re the only one struggling to balance an active family life with staying in shape, but you’re truly not alone! When you join a fitness center – and especially when you join the social and interactive atmosphere of a local small-group class – you have the opportunity to meet likeminded people, make new potential friends, and benefit from the perks of belonging to a workout group that helps you stay motivated and accountable.
4. Working out reduces stress and gives you more energy
Feeling stressed and burnt out? A consistent workout plan has been proven to lift spirits. It also gives you some valuable time to yourself. You and the kids will get home feeling ready to take on the rest of the day.
Sound appealing? Join us for a small group interval training class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:30am or for either of our Saturday morning sessions. For only $5 per child per hour, our trained child care staff will watch the kids while you sweat it out. We'll see you (and the whole family) at the studio!