Get fit in 2011!

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By TanyaSmith | Sunday, December 19, 2010, 20:09

Ths time of the year can bring great happiness, but it can also bring a few extra pounds that sadly don't belong in our wallets! From the 'big old bird' to the endless supply of Christmas choccy, the festive food can certainly leave a slighly larger dent in the sofa!

For that reason we wanted to review the best gyms in the area. This is actually the best time of the year to join as most of the them have great deals on annual memberships. 

Colets in Thames Ditton is a great place if you prefer the smaller gyms where the vibe is friendlier. It still has all the facilities you would need, but it's got a great community prescence.

The Pavilion in Hampton Court is a personally favourite, having had membership with them for a year. I chose it simply because it was £20 per month cheaper than Colets, but it's very similar. It may sound obvious but try to make use of the other facilities there rather than just the gym. They have some really good exercise classes (yoga, aerobics, martial arts), but it's also rewarding to spend time relaxing in the sauna! They are currently offering 3 weeks for only £39.

The biggest gym nearby is Nuffield Health on Portsmouth Road. I can only pass on recommendations from some of my friends who are members and they don't have any complaints. Inside, it reminds me of a gym inside in a hotel, but the rates are competitive. At the moment they are offering a free day trying it out before signing up for membership. 

There are other ways of getting out there and getting fit with the gym being just one way. Last week I posted a review about the Thames Ditton Boot Camp, which would be a great way of helping you to get going if you need an extra kick!! But there are also lots of yoga classes, running clubs etc out there.

The key is to go for an exercise that you enjoy otherwise it might be hard to keep the motivation. And if you are joining a gym REMEMBER to ask about shorter memberships as you might want to pull out before the year is up!

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