Whenever we hear the words fitness or exercise, we instantly think of the gym. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym subscription to get fit.
In fact, you can start working on the body of your dreams from the comfort of your own home.
Trust me, once you learn the benefits of at-home workouts, there’s nothing stopping you from working on your fitness goals. It’s an absolute game-changer.
Here are the top 7 reasons why you should start working out at home:
1. No More Excuses
If you’re anything like me, then you don’t have that much time to spare. Between your job, your personal life, and your household chores, you just cannot fit working out into your schedule.
This is where a home gym comes in handy. No more wasting time getting dressed, packing up your stuff, and commuting to the gym. You don’t even have to wait on equipment or machines.
You just get up and get started right away, which makes it quite easy to fit into your busy schedule.
2. Private Party of One
Let’s face it, the idea of working out in front of strangers can be daunting. I know that realistically speaking most people are just too busy focusing on themselves, but sometimes you just cannot shake off the anxiety.
This self-consciousness becomes even worse when you realize that your fellow gym goers are on a more advanced level than you are.
Working out at home, on the other hand, gives you privacy. This makes you comfortable, allowing you to unleash all your energy and kill it during the workout instead of wasting time and energy focusing on how you look and what people think of you.
3. You’re the Center of Attention
“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” -Iyanla Vanzant.
Here’s a common scenario that might have happened to you or someone you know: You head to the gym feeling all excited and motivated, then you realize that some people are way ahead of you when it comes to fitness, so you feel discouraged (or even embarrassed) and head home.
The thing is, you don’t really know that person, so there’s no way of knowing how hard they had to work to reach this level of fitness.
Again, logical thinking isn’t always feasible as sometimes your emotions could cloud your judgment.
To avoid this, you could invest in equipment and build your own gym at home where you only have to compete against yourself.
A gym subscription isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. There’s also gas, parking, and even workout clothes.
Even though setting up your home gym will need some investment at first, it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Also, you can start small with a set of dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a resistance band then build your way up into more advanced equipment.
Remember, this is your gym, so go at your own pace. There’s no need to rush, just keep adding equipment as you build up stamina and save up some more money.
5. Get to Know You
Take the time to better understand your body and learn more about your fitness level away from all distractions.
When you design your own workout program, you will have a better idea about your strengths, weaknesses, and physical limitations.
Then, use that knowledge to work on yourself and start conquering those weaknesses.
6. Every day is a New Adventure
One of the best things about YouTube is that you can find an array of free workout programs that fit all your needs.
Feeling stressed? You will find tons of Yoga exercises to train your mind and body.
Feeling energized? Jump into a cardio workout to torch those calories and build up your fitness.
Feeling motivated? How about a strength training workout to get those muscles toned.
Long story short, if you’re one of those people who get bored easily, then look no further. You can change things up as frequently as you want to keep you excited and interested.
7. A Germophobe’s Safe-Haven
Okay let’s be honest; the gym isn’t really the most hygienic of places. Everyone is sweaty and everyone is touching everything, a germophobe’s worst dream coming true.
Unfortunately, not all people have the common courtesy of cleaning up equipment after they use it to remove any sweat that they may have dripped.
Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that at home. You’re the only one using the equipment, and you get to clean it with all the detergents that you want. Doesn’t get any better than this!
Whether you choose to workout at home or at the gym is entirely up to you.
I believe that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to fitness, it’s just a matter of what fits your needs and your lifestyle.
The reason I wrote this article is to enlighten you about the many benefits of working out at home based on my own personal experience.
If you’re convinced, get started today! Pick up a suitable place in your house, choose an online workout program to follow, and start purchasing equipment depending on your budget.
Your future self will thank you for starting today.
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