It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of home workouts. However, I realize that some people need to “get out of the house” to exercise and that they enjoy the environment of a Gym. I encourage people to do what works for them.
But, if you have been considering trying to workout at home but haven’t started yet or think you might not get enough out of it or whatever your reason- I think I’ll have an argument to persuade you to try it.
1. Save TIME
Of all reasons to exercise at home, I think this is the biggest one. How much time would you spend going to the Gym? So, 5-10 minutes to pack your bag, get your water bottle ready etc. 15-30 minute drive to the Gym (for most people) and 15-30 minute ride back home. That’s already 35 minutes – 1 hour and 10 minutes saved.
2. Convenience – Open 24 hours
There is no more convenient place to exercise than at home. You don’t have to go anywhere or get dressed to look presentable (you can workout in your old, wrinkled, stained pajamas and no one will know!) You can fit it into your schedule anytime you are already going to be home – mornings, evenings, weekends… You don’t have to remember to bring anything with you. Forget your water bottle? Nope, it’s in the Kitchen. Headphones? They are in the office. Towel? In the linen closet… you get it..
YOU are the only one touching your equipment. There have been cases of horrible MRSA infections being spread through the use of Gym equipment. The CDC has been putting out warnings to consumers to be aware of the dangers. Not to mention catching the cold, flu etc. from the folks that used the equipment before you. Yes, there are sanitary wipes available… but how many people actually use them? Do you? How much extra time does it take to wipe down every piece of equipment? (See #1..) (Not to mention avoiding the yummy smell of other people’s BO..) SHOWERING AT HOME – Can’t be over-emphasized..
If you are out of shape and self-concious about other people watching you exercise it can be a huge challenge to go to the Gym. (I’ve been there… I was a member of a Gym solely because they had a Cardio Theater that was dark so I could watch a movie and no one could see me… then the dopes put WINDOWS in the Theater room!!) You can wear whatever you want (See #2)… Wouldn’t take off your shirt at the Gym when you get hot but strip down all you want at home! Got gas? Go ahead!
It may seem counter-intuitive but you can really incorporate a lot of different kinds of exercise at home. Most people go to the Gym, hop on the treadmill or elliptical for the requisite 45 minutes then do a circuit or three on their favorite machines. Some folks may opt for freeweights but that takes a little more thought… Moving your body without the assistance of a machine (treadmill or weight…) actually burns more calories and takes more strength. You get a BETTER workout at home simply by doing all the movement yourself! When was the last time you saw someone doing kickboxing, zumba or other dance/ aerobics or drill exercises all by themselves at the gym?
6. Class Schedule
I’ve heard the complaint too many times – Folks love the classes offered at the gym but they are almost never offered at convenient times that match their work schedules. Working people don’t have free hours in the middle of the day! Guess what? Pop in a “Class” Video ANYTIME at home! Need a breather? Hit Pause! Your Gym class will keep going and leave you in the dust…
7. Availability of equipment
No waiting for one of the 6 ellipticals or your favorite weight machine to get free. Your home Gym is NEVER busy! (See #1 and #2 again..) Shucks, you don’t even NEED any equipment! Got a Body? JUST MOVE IT!
We all enjoy socializing but sometimes it can be difficult to balance friendly chatter with getting a good workout in the time you have allotted to go to the Gym (see #1 again..) It is important to have supportive friends but an hour-long talk with your girlfriend walking on the treadmill is NOT the same as a good 30 minutes of Turbo Jam at home, alone. Remember, if you aren’t out of breath occasionally, you’re not working hard enough…
You can take your home workout DVD’s with you wherever you go! Going on a cruise? Do you travel for work? Do you have a hotel room? – You’ve got your Gym. Staying with family? Do they have a living room? Garage? Even if your gym doesn’t have a branch where you will be visiting you can get your workouts in! Resistance bands are small, light and effective. If you already have the DVD’s & equipment and know how to use them it’s much easier to take your workouts with you.
10. Save MONEY
You will spend anywhere from $20 – $70 a month on a Gym membership. (Even the ones that offer $10/ month will charge you yearly fees & an enrollment fee that end up costing about $20/month) That’s $240 – $840 per year for 1 person! A good home workout program will cost you anywhere from $20 (Rockin’ Body) to $300 (Les Mills “Pump”). You can do them as many times as you want, in any order you want as long as the DVD will last- YEARS! You can buy as many or as few as you want. Even if you buy extra equipment (a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands etc. you may spend an extra $100) And guess what? Everyone in your family can use it! For an upper-end routine: $400 for 1 year (I’m assuming you’ll want another routine after year 1… That’s $33/month for your whole family! That’s less than your cable bill… I’m just sayin’… I won’t quantify the cost savings of your time, gas, new workout clothes, replacement headphones, waterbottles etc. that you left the last time you went to the gym…
Still have questions? I’d love to hear them! Need help selecting the right workout program for you? I’m here to help. 🙂