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Considering working out at home vs the gym? See why at home workouts are better.
For the record, I haven’t stopped working out at the gym completely. I still enjoy going there and for the foreseeable future I have no plans to stop. But what I have done is focus on at home workouts instead.
Since the first day I started working out, I had dedicated 2 hours a day 4 – 5 days a week to the gym. All the way up until quarantine. And because working out at the gym had become such a habit to me I never really thought anything of it. Sure some days I didn’t feel like going and some days I had to wait for equipment but overall it wasn’t too bad.
Okay so, I’m not going to act like as soon as gyms were shut down I quickly adjusted to at home workouts. I didn’t. In fact I barely worked out for 3 months. I tried but I just couldn’t get in the right mindset to workout at home. Especially since I didn’t have the motivation from seeing other people working out around me to give me that extra push.
It was a slow transition into me doing at home workouts, but during that transition I started to notice changes that were happening with my mindset on how I viewed at home workouts. I had always preached that at home workouts are great and that you can get great results doing them. But if I’m really being honest, I never dedicated enough time to working out at home to consistently to see how true that is for myself.
But once I finally tested out how effect workouts are at home not just for losing fat but building muscle, I started to realize how much I actually preferred these workouts opposed to gym workouts. And here’s why.
5 Reasons to Work Out at Home
Okay so this should be obvious but the convenience of working out at home just can’t be beat. There’s no need to get in your car and drive to the gym, workout, and drive home. Something I used to do which took up 2 whole hours of my day. When you do at home workouts, your home becomes your gym. You can go straight home after work, change into your workout clothes and get started.
A lot of times I hear people saying that they don’t have time to workout or go to the gym. And when I tell them that they can workout at home even with no equipment they don’t really have much to say. The truth is, we all have time to workout, even if its just for 10 minutes. It really comes down to making it a priority and staying disciplined.
And when you have the convenience of doing a quick workout at home the excuses go out the window. Even more so when you realize you can take a shower soon after and relax without having to worry about driving home afterwards.
You’ll save money.
I don’t know about you but I don’t need any more payments or subscription plans taking money out of my account. I have more than enough already. If you’ve ever been a member of a gym then you know that the price of membership fees ad up. Of course there are gyms like Planet Fitness that have memberships for $10 a month, but it’s only worth it if you actually go and use the equipment that they provide.
Gyms hope that you pay for a membership but never really show up. Which is what happens a lot of the time anyway. If you know that going to the gym doesn’t really fit into your schedule at this point in your life, why waste money paying for a membership that you rarely use? That same money you use for a membership, you could put towards buying your own equipment, like dumbbells.
You own the equipment.
The beauty of working out at home is that if you choose to buy equipment such as bands or weights or cardio machines it’s yours. You don’t have to share it. And you don’t have to wait for someone to finish using it or try to jump in between sets. You can do whatever you want with it.
I love knowing that when I do at home workouts I can put the equipment wherever I want. And I can switch between two different exercises without worrying about if someone’s going to try and take the weights that I’m using. You can eventually create your own mini gym in the pleasure of your own home.
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There’s no scheduled hours.
Have you ever wanted to workout but couldn’t because the gym was closed. I’m not just referring to quarantine either. What about holidays? Or even just after hours? I remember the last gym membership that I had. Well that gym closed at 8pm. Even on the weekends. So that means I often had to plan my day around the hours that the gym was open.
It’s nice to know that now, I can get a good workout in at anytime of the day. Right out of bed in my pajamas even.
There’s no need to worry about social anxiety.
For a lot of women, being stared at while you work out is an uncomfortable feeling. Even if you’re not a women and just deal with social anxiety, working out at home can be a safe haven.
You don’t have to worry about people ogling you like you’re a snack and they haven’t eaten in days. And you don’t have to feel self conscious about not having nice gym clothes or wonder if someone’s making fun of you. What ever you may feel anxious about when going to the gym, non of that matters when you’re at home.
You can work out in peace, listen to your own music, dance around and just have fun.