We all know that exercise is good for you. Most people want to workout several times per week to get a healthy body and mind. Hitting the gym is a very effective way to do so. But with a busy life, running between work, social activities and gatherings with friends or family there seems to be no time left to make this happen. The solution? Working out at home.
We give you three great benefits of working out at home.
Saving cash is always a nice incentive for any activity. Exchange the monthly fee for your gym membership (which you hardly used anyway) for a one-time investment in some workout equipment and you are set. You don’t need anything fancy. A few dumbbells or kettlebells and resistance bands can give you a great workout. You can often get used equipment at yard sales or on a local classified website like craigslist.
You save time
We already mentioned it in the introduction, but working out at home saves so.much.time. Just think about it: driving from work to the gym, finding a parking spot, finding an available locker, changing in your sports outfit, and all that before the actual workout begins! If you are lucky enough you can make your round along the machines. But in reality, you have to wait your turn until the equipment is available. So you can’t even do your exercises in your preferred order and speed. After spending a good amount of time working out, you have to decide: will I take a shower in the busy and smelly locker room or do I drive home sweaty and shower in the house? By the time you are home, showered, had dinner and have cleaned up, your evening is as good as gone.
Imagine now driving straight home out of work, change in some comfy clothes and starting with your workout immediately. By the time you are done (in exactly the rhythm and pace which is good for you) your alter ego in the gym just finished his warming up. You can even get dinner started while you are cleaning up so your evening gets moving.
No social distractions
A gym is not just a place to do sports. It’s first and foremost a place for social interaction. Whether you like it or not. Apart from the fact that you don’t have to make small talk when you are working out in your house, you also won’t be bothered by unwanted onlookers. A gym can have a weird effect on your ego, and that might result in some unhealthy exercise decisions. It might look cool to add that extra weight, but if you get injured because you take on too much nobody is going to think you’re doing so great. In the comfort of your own home, you won’t feel the peer pressure of having to perform more than you are able to.
These are just three good reasons why working out at home is such a good idea. Of course, there are many more. Can you think of any? Let us know in the comments!