If you've been reading my articles for a while, you know I'm a fan of home workouts. Otherwise, I wouldn't have called this site Sport Chez Soi, don't you think?
Not that I have anything against gyms, but because it's what suits me best. This is also what allowed me to follow a bodybuilding program on the 3 continents where I lived.
Only then, I'm not a fanatic either, and I know that for some people who live in large cities like Paris, it's not that simple...
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Paris sports hall: the challenge for city dwellers
According to an INSEE study, a resident of the capital has average of 31 m² for living, but some studios do not exceed 9 m². It is therefore not surprising that many of them cannot train in their apartments.
There is no room for a weight bench or elliptical, and often there is not even enough space for a workout with elastic bands. And if you live in Paris, it's almost impossible to work out without disturbing the neighbors.
So what if you are in this situation, especially after the last 2 very complicated years?
Well, the best solution is to find an accessible gym near your home or workplace.
Which gym in Paris?
There are networks of venues that are very well established in Paris, such as the Cercles de la Forme, the first Parisian network. This brand has several dozen gyms with top-of-the-range weight machines.
Their sports offer is rich in 90 activities and 2800 group lessons per week accompanied by sports coaches (fitness, bodybuilding, dance, martial arts, relaxation, pilates, etc.).
Their location allows you to find, for example, a gym in Paris 20 near the Porte de Bagnolet. But there are nearly thirty in inner Paris. So you always have clubs available near your home or workplace.
8 reasons to join sports clubs
Of course, most of the benefits of indoor muscle building apply to at-home workouts. But since this article is primarily aimed at people who do not have this possibility, the advantages for them should be emphasized.
You will therefore discover 8 benefits regular practice of indoor physical activity:
1. Better physical condition
Strength training gives a lot of energy in many activities of daily life which become more natural and easier.
For example, you can carry your shopping bags more easily or lift heavy objects with less effort. Be sure to include compound movements that solicit several muscles at the same time, such as:
2. A better mind
Intense classes in cross training spaces or even on elliptical or spin bikes teach you perseverance and discipline. They are often the best way to get past yourself when you think you can't.
So, it's a good school to be more productive and work on your goals. Your mind and determination become sharper in everyday life because practice shows you how to face your fears and overcome them. It really is an engine that can help you achieve your personal or professional goals.
3. Reduced Risk of Injury
Cardio classes combined with resistance training with weights, straps, elastic bands or even to body weight help you increase your muscular mass and your bone density.
This is all the more important when you get older because you naturally lose muscle volume and bone density.
The good news is that thanks to the training sessions, whether in the free weight spaces or during classes with real coaches, you will strengthen your body. You will have stronger bones, reduce the risk of fractures, prevent and fight the dreaded osteoporosis.
4. Acceleration of body fat burning
In general, a cardio session burns more calories than a weight training session during exercise time, but that's quite misleading. With resistance exercises and muscle congestion, you build muscle or maintain existing volume. Your body must therefore consume a lot more energy when you are at rest than after cardio training.
In addition, your basal metabolism will increase at rest, which will help you lose weight. Keep in mind that the more muscles you use to exercise, the more you activate your metabolism.
You can therefore combine the benefits of weight training and intensive cardio by doing HIIT sessions in superset. For this, you can take Bodypump classes among the Les Mills programs.
5. Feeling of well-being
When you hit the gym and train properly, you're sure to feel great afterwards. The main reason is called endorphins.
They are better known as the happiness hormones. Among their functions are the following:
- Pain relief
- Stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain
- Reduced feeling of stress
- Feeling of joy or happiness
Endorphins have a antidepressant and analgesic effect. If you are depressed, physical training will help you feel much better. In addition, these hormones will help you reduce anxiety and stress, which is not a luxury when you live in Paris. This is a good way to avoid antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
So keep cool and train hard 😅
6. Improved sleep quality
Exercise produces fatigue and relaxation which promotes falling asleep and one quality sleep. This compensates for the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It takes up to 4 months for the body to adapt, but you will gradually notice the improvement.
After a good workout or heavy cardio, you'll sleep easier because you'll be exhausted, but that's a good thing. You will fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
However, do not do this type of session less than 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, at the risk of causing the opposite effect. If possible, also avoid intense sessions after 8 p.m.
This is because exercise stimulates the nervous system. Therefore, you should let your body relax before going to bed.
7. Improved health
Exercise is known to speed up metabolism. It helps to have a healthier lifestyle, burn more calories and reach your ideal weight.
Here are some important health benefits of sport:
- Muscle building improves immune defenses and helps strengthen bones as you read above;
- This improves physical endurance and facilitates the practice of all kinds of daily or sports activities;
- Exercise also regulates your blood pressure and lowers your insulin levels, which is good for preventing type 2 diabetes.
In short, regular exercise does wonders for your health.
8. Better skin
We all know the effects of pollution on the skin in big cities. However, exercising improves his condition.
One of the reasons is that the exercise improves blood circulation in the body. This allows our skin to oxygenate properly and get all the nutrients it needs to look better.
What happens when you exercise every day?
Training requires effort from the body based on 3 main factors:
- training volume
- the frequency of the sessions
If you dose these variables, you can train 6 days a week.
NOTE : Don't train to the maximum of your ability all the time to avoid overtraining and injury. Learn to listen to your body.
Choose a gym near you
Before paying for a subscription, ask visit the gym to make sure you like it. Exercising in a place you don't like is counterproductive and will only make you feel discouraged.
In addition, it is essential to choose a gym near you because you'll be more likely to get there and avoid wasting money and time on travel.
Paris Gym – Conclusion
When do you start seeing results?
In the short term (about a week), you will notice psychological benefits. In the medium term (2 months), you will see changes such as increased strength, endurance and moderate weight loss. Finally, over time (one year), you will notice a significant aesthetic difference.
If you want to achieve this, perseverance is essential because a resolution is not good only if it is held. So dear Parisian friends, fight laziness and start a training program in a room you like!
Leave a message in the comment box below to tell me which room you like in Paris and why. THANK YOU !
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