Working out at home has a number of benefits that can make it a great option for anyone looking to get in shape or stay in shape. Here are some of the top benefits of a home workout routine:
- Convenience: Working out at home eliminates the need to travel to the gym, so you can save time and energy. You can also do your workout at any time that is convenient for you, so you don’t have to worry about gym opening hours or having to rush to get to the gym before it closes.
- Cost: Working out at home requires minimal equipment, so you don’t need to pay for expensive gym memberships. You can also purchase basic equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, and a yoga mat for a relatively low price.
- Comfort: Working out at home means you don’t have to worry about other people watching you exercise or judging your performance. You can also control the environment, so you can ensure that the temperature is comfortable and the music is exactly what you want to listen to.
- Privacy: You can exercise in privacy in the comfort of your own home, so you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing you.
Working out at home is convenient but….
But convenience isnt what we are looking for if we are trying to better ourselves through fitness. Can we find a gym close to home to limit our drive? Of course, but stepping outside our comfort zone is whats going to make us grow.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be beneficial in many ways . It can help you develop inner strength and build your confidence. It can also make us more open-minded and help us to be more creative. It can help us to better understand our own capabilities and push our boundaries, leading to greater personal growth. Additionally, it can help us to become more resilient and better equipped to deal with difficult situations. Finally, it can help to improve relationships by allowing us to empathize with others and understand their perspectives better.
But the Gym is expensive!
To be honest, unless you are only going to do body weight calisthenic workouts, it is way more expensive to workout at home if you need to buy equipment. A typical gym membership costs $10-30/ month. Now im not saying that there arent more expensive gyms out there, but you can get the basics for less than $300/year. It would costs thousands to build a home gym, as well as not have access to many different types of machines. In my opinion, I dont think cost is really a factor because there are budget friendly gyms everywhere now a days.
Working out in the COMFORT of your own home can be a benefit, and a great place to start for someone just on the beginning of their fitness journey. BUT (theres always a but)….comfort isnt what we are aiming for here. Comfort is what got us to exactly where we were when we decided enough is enough. Comfort is what made us not persue our dreams in the first place. Comfort makes weak individuals.
Now I am not saying that we cant be comfortable SOMETIMES, but if we are looking to truly make a change in our lives through fitness we must get used to being uncomfortable. Fitness isnt comfortable, its constant struggle. So is it a good thing to be able to workout in the COMFORT of our own home? Thats for you to decide what works best for you.
Privacy can be a huge reason people who are starting their fitness journey dont want to go to a gym. Totally understandable but I want to let everyone in on a little secret…damn near everyone at a gym is just as insecure, if not more, then you think you are. I used to have that mindset as well, but I realized that the fitness community truly wants to help new comers and most of us love to see anyone getting after it!
So, Which one?
Listen, constantly moving is the name of the game. Whether you workout at home or go to a gym to workout, at least youre getting it in! Moving and doing something physical everyday is what we should strive to do. Even if its something as simple as walking, at least we did something. But its the gym for me!!!