Looking to get fit for the summer? Check out these 4 quick tips to help you find the right gym or health club, get started, and stay motivated as you work toward your fitness goals.

1. KEEP IT CONVENIENT

Most gym regulars prioritize the “convenience factor” first. But that doesn't just mean picking a gym that's close to home. Visit your gym-to-be at the exact time in your day when you expect to work out.

A well-timed visit will give you an exact sense of whether or not a particular option will suit your needs. Is the equipment you want available? Are the change rooms, fitness classes, or women-only areas too full to use? This is your chance to avoid motivational hurdles before they arise.

2. IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Eduction is key! “If you're brand new to the health club and you have no idea what to do next it's probably going to be wise for you to hire a personal trainer, at least for three to six sessions.” Most gyms have a complimentary orientation that will help you find the equipment and exercise that's right for your body.

3. SCORE RESULTS WITH GOALS

“Set a three-month, a six month, and a 12-month goal,” and “then figure out the exercises that are going to best help you reach those.” Spend the time learning the ropes and choosing a fitness plan that makes sense for you now to avoid that momentum busting injury down the road.” If you have short-term and long-term goals you will be able to track and enjoy your progress and find renewed motivation in your successes.

4 . COMMIT TO YOUR INVESTMENT

Like any investment, it's important to be patient with the modest amount of time you'll put in each week in the interest of your lifelong health. “There's many hours in the week – 168, do you have three or four to commit to personal fitness?” Stick to your goals, your plan, and your gym long enough to make sure it's a part of your active lifestyle . You'll soon be enjoying the dividends.

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