Harvard Men's Health Watch

Health clubs: Are they right for you?

Every man wants to be healthy. Most men like clubs. Many men hope that joining a health club will give them the best of both worlds — but are they right?

In a sense, a health club is just a big, expensive piece of exercise equipment. If you use it, you'll feel great and enjoy many health benefits, but if not, you'll just feel guilty and wasteful. Here are a few tips to help you decide about joining a club — and to help you get the most from your club after you've signed up.

The benefits of membership

A health club can provide three major benefits: motivation and companionship, instruction and supervision, and equipment and facilities.

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