To eliminate excuses for skipping your workout, choose a location based on your lifestyle, says Laura Williams, a former fitness center manager and owner of Girls Gone Sporty. Do you plan to hit the gym during your lunch break or after work? Choose one close to your office. If you'd rather work out in the mornings or on weekends, a gym close to home is better.
There's no magic mile radius to aim for, Williams says, but rather a magic commuting time. A five- to eight-minute walk or drive is ideal, keeping in mind that factors like traffic lights, roadway congestion, or even the time of day you’ll be traveling can influence your overall commute.