Together with thousands of people around the world. I don’t go to the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I still work out, and I’m in the best shape of my life, I just prefer doing it at home and saving money at the same time. Here are my top 8 reasons why working out at home is infinitely better than going to the gym.
There are so many gyms to choose from these days and they come equipped with all the best and latest equipment, some of which are a total waste of time, but all that comes at a cost, and at certain gyms that cost can be extremely steep. Add on the additional extras you have to pay for personal trainers and certain classes it all adds up to quite a hefty sum.
Doing home workouts saves you so much time. How long does it take you to get ready for the gym? You have to pack your bag, travel to the gym, and then get set up and get ready when you get there. That all is time wasted before you even get started. Then there’s still a lot of standing around waiting for equipment to open up. A 30-minute workout can end up taking more than an hour. With home workouts, you won’t waste time and you can get back to doing the stuff you really want to do.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who prefers the comfort and cleanliness of their own shower over that of the public showers at a gym. And there is less chance of picking up the dreaded athlete’s foot.
If you can afford a personal trainer for 5 days a week and 52 weeks a year then go for it. Otherwise, if you want to save your money but still have access to personal trainers, yogis, and chefs on your phone, tablet, or TV at home, signing up for Beachbody is a no-brainer. The range of workouts is amazing as well. Want to lift some heavyweights? Press play on a Joel Freeman workout. Want to work up a sweat with cardio Shaun T is your man. For total body workouts, I usually go to Autumn Calabrese or the one and only Tony Horton. These are just to name a few. To get started, simply sign up for Beach Body on Demand and get your workout done wherever you are. Start with either a Challenge Pack or a Performance pack.
If you are a newbie starting out or a workout veteran some people just don’t enjoy being watched while they work out. I know I do. It always feels that I’m being judged so instead of concentrating on my workout I’m more concerned about the people looking at me. At home, I can just zone out and give it my all with no judging eyes.
Travel and parking costs
A friend of mine recently received a parking fine while at the gym. The 45-minute session ended up costing her an extra $170. That’s not adding the fuel it took to get there. I’m not saying going to the gym will cost you $170 every time but you do need to pay for your fuel, taxi, bus, or train fare which all adds up at the end of the month. My yearly fee for 24-hour access 365 days of the year is just £99. That’s £1.90 per week! You can’t forget anything
When I used to go to the physio for rehab, after my knee operation, one out of five times I forgot something. Be it my towel, water bottle, post-workout snack, or even my keys. You might not be as forgetful as me but it can happen. If you work out at home you will have everything you need right there with you.
You might think that working out at home is lonely, and believe me, it can be but there are thousands of like-minded people out there that do the same workouts that can help and support you through your journey.
As with all things in life, there are cons but in my experience with home workouts, they definitely are heavily outweighed by the pros.