I haven't done a lot of exercise in the last few years and first main aim is to get leaner and feel healthier. I feel like I have lost a lot of muscle tone particularly in the arms. In addition, at the moment going out and doing running for fitness is not an option as I have weak calves and while I saw a physio who told me to do calf raises and a few other related exercises it is gradually getting better but still a slow process. Unfortunately from looking at gyms near my home they all either a) do not have all of the sufficient equipment (barbells etc.) or b) are very expensive compared to what you can find elsewhere. If I was going to join a gym now it would have a joining fee of about £20 and a membership of around £60 a month for three months and £5 pay as you go; in addition I would have to take the bus which would be £1.40 per trip. While it is expensive and has many luxuries that I’m unlikely to make he most of (spa, massage, bar etc.) the gym is never busy, has all the necessary equipment and has very good, knowledgeable staff. In addition, while I have used a gym before I have never had a gym membership so while I’d like to think I’d be committed I’m not sure. I am 18 and will be going to university later this year where there is likely to be an affordable gym I can use. Therefore, I could gain a lot of information about healthy eating and how to make gains (muscle growth, endurance, cardiovascular fitness etc.) In addition I could learn more about bodyweight exercises and routines like pull ups, learning proper form to be able to do on my own. Therefore is it worth becoming a member of this gym until September? Would it be worth doing so I could transfer this knowledge to when I use the university gym and also when I come back home for holidays? Or would it not be worth the money and should I do find another way to get fitter?
Or does it play no part?