Health and fitness centres are great places to meet friends, make new friends or simply enjoy a work out by yourself. The centers can be anything from your local YMCA to a formal fitness club to an activity center, such as a senior center, that offers exercise or aerobic programs or even competitive sporting events. Most centre’s are membership driven and provide the necessary structure some of us need to keep a fitness plan on track.Health and fitness centers provide its members with professional or certified trainers that will assist members in setting up an exercise program to meet the desired goals, no matter what level of fitness you are at. Whether it is weight loss or weight maintenance, increasing strength or stamina or just plain old staying active, a health and fitness centre will provide all the know how needed.Being a member of a health and fitness centre provides its members access to a variety of equipment that might otherwise be cost prohibitive for the average person to purchase. While there are a lot of ways to stay in shape without the benefit of equipment such as gardening, yard maintenance, chopping wood or even painting a house, some folks like the idea of using a rowing machine or running on a treadmill to complete their exercise program. If members live in a climate that has winter, a fitness centre provides the environment for regular workouts.An added benefit to being a member of a Health and fitness centre is to be in the company of others with the same general goal and perhaps working with a professional trainer is just the motivation one needs to keep that goal in sight. It becomes members helping members achieve their fitness goals. And a lot us could use help doing that.When deciding on a health and fitness center to join there are a few things one should keep in mind before making the ultimate decision. Cost is probably the number one thing on your list. Make sure the membership fee fits in your budget. It is not going to do you any good if you have to work over time or take on a second job to be able to afford a membership. I don’t think “running” from one job to the other is the kind of exercise you might expect from a membership. Make sure the goals you have in mind are achievable with the programs and equipment the centre offers.Most centre’s offer a wide variety of programs for a wide variety of goals but I’m sure there are places that specialize in only certain areas of fitness. Location, location, location. Pick a health and fitness centre that is convenient to where you work or live if possible. Make sure the trainers are qualified to do what they say they can do. I shudder to think of the possible outcome of working with someone who might be better suited to repair vehicular engines than help tone up a human body.