While thousands of people flock to their local gyms each year week, many more invest in either a piece of equipment (or more) or find several workout videos that they can do in the living room. If you have been a gym member in the past, but are looking for ways to cut back on spending, here are some benefits of working out at home:
- Home exercise allows you to work out early in the morning before your kids wake up or late in the evening after they go to sleep, without having to leave the kids with a sitter.
- New workout videos are always coming on the market, so you never have to get bored. Tired of your yoga routine? Go on YouTube and find another one or if you like to dance and move, try this one from Dance for Dummies, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
- Working out at home is a major time saver. Going to the gym requires, at the very least, getting there, signing in, putting your stuff in a locker, and walking over to your class or machine. If you’re short on time, a quick weight routine in the living room is usually doable, whereas going to the gym may not be.
- Self-consciousness can impede exercise. Often, people are too self-conscious to work out freely in public and, as a result, work out much harder when they are home alone.
- There are fewer interruptions. This, of course, only works if you are home alone or have a strict ‘no questions’ policy during your workouts, but at least the environment is more controlled. At the gym, you may have to wait to use the bike, or find that the Zumba class is full. At home, you simply decide what to do and get started.
- More money for shoes! Instead of paying your monthly membership fees, save for something fun.
Give working out at home a try, and see if it works for you. It’s easy to think there is no place to exercise at home, but once you push the chairs out of the way, you may find your living room floor provides all the space you need.