Well, 2010 is here and it's time to start those New Year's resolutions. A popular resolution by many people is to increase their fitness level. Well, the first step to doing so is finding a gym. Finding the right gym is a difficult process and in some cases a huge hassle. Follow these simple steps below and you will find the right gym/health club.width=210

Beginner's Guide to the Gym:

Step 1:  Research several gyms/health clubs and find a few that satisfy your needs/wants.

Step 2: Visit each of those gyms/health clubs and tour them to see if you like or dislike the environment/equipment.

Step 3: Sit down with a membership representative and figure out if you want to do a month-to-month or yearly plan.

Step 4: Use a personal trainer! Most gyms/health clubs offer free personal training sessions for new members. Take advantage of this to get new fitness tips and answers to your questions. (Learn more about How to Find the Right Personal Trainer.)

Step 5: Set a goal. Setting a reasonable goal is the biggest part of this process. Don't shoot the moon right out of the gates. Start slow and progress to more difficult workout routines. This will help motivate you and give you something to strive for. Reward yourself every time you meet your goal, this will keep you on track and give you something to look forward to.

Step 6: Get on a three to five day workout routine to help you stay committed and on task. I recommend doing cardio before weights, but figure out what works for you and go with it!

Step 7: Switch your workout every four to eight weeks to maximize your results. If you keep the same routine, your body will adapt and a plateau effect (slow or no progress) will occur.

Step 8: Make friends at the gym. Every gym that I have worked or worked out at seems to be like an extended family. Feel free to ask other members/employees questions if you have any. Everyone is there for the same reason, to get fit!

Step 9: Don't ever give up! Losing weight/gaining weight takes time. Stay dedicated and motivated.

Step 10: Have fun and sweat it out!

Reprinted from Dietsinreview