Working out is something we should definitely do if we want to be healthy and look our best; but for many, going to the gym can be stressful and inconvenient. Waiting for a treadmill or trying to focus in a room full of strangers isn’t something most of us want; therefore, a lot of people choose to work out at home in order to avoid the stress. If you’re still undecided, here are some benefits of exercising at your own home:
1. You don’t have to leave your house
Although going out to exercise is always recommended, sometimes you might feel too tired to get out of the bed, let alone leave your home. During the cold winter months, everyone feels more inert; so going outside to the gym might feel like outright torture. Instead, make some space in your living room and start working out. Even though it can seem weird at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll wish you’ve started it sooner. When you work out at home, you don’t have an excuse to procrastinate and postpone as everything you need is some music, a bottle of water and a mat. But be careful, because once you start exercising at home, you’ll also need to start exercising self-discipline.
2. It’s time-saving
Unless you’re lucky enough to live close to your gym, chances are you’re spending a significant amount of time commuting from and to the gym. A lot of people take that as a given, without questioning if there’s any workaround to it. But, if you decide to work out in the comfort of your home, you’ll realize that you don’t need to waste any time driving, which, in turn, can also save you the money you’d otherwise spend on gas. Why spend an hour commuting when you can spend that time more productively, like reading or even having a longer workout?
3. You can be flexible
Since going to the gym requires time to get there, you always need to be extra organized when it comes to planning your other activities. Also, you’re definitely limited by the gym’s working hours and your own work schedule. The only times when you can be free to dedicate yourself to workouts is on weekends. If you opt out for home exercise, you can be much more flexible. If you feel like doing push ups at 3 AM, there’s nothing to stop you. But before you do anything, make sure you speak to your neighbors in order to avoid potential conflicts over the noise.
4. No need to compare yourself
Exercising at the gym has its benefits, but if you’re at the beginning of your journey, you might feel unhappy seeing all the fit people killing it at the treadmill or lifting weights like pros. For someone who’s possibly just starting out, that can lead you to give up before you even got into shape. Sometimes, people at the gym can be super helpful with showing you the ropes, and at other times, they can seem a little hostile, especially if there’s a certain kinship between regular gym-goers, so someone new can be seen as an unwelcome addition. If you’re not easily taken aback by others, that’s great news, but for someone with lower self-esteem, that can be demotivating. When you work out at home, the only one to compare yourself to is you.
5. It’s better at home
For those who thoroughly enjoy the gym experience but can’t go to the gym often, the best solution would be to bring the gym home. Nowadays, there are many ways to exercise at your home without missing anything. A lot of high-quality fitness equipment is affordable and if you lack any other space, you can always turn your garage into a temporary gym. You can start slowly, only buying things that are essential. After some time, you can add other machines. The point is, having your own mini gym can be a great experience, as you can also invite your friends to work out with you. If you’re an introvert, staying at home can provide you with enough privacy to feel comfortable to exercise.
6. You can do anything you want
Aside from having your privacy and flexibility, another huge upside of working out at home is that you can literally do anything you want. Feeling like exercising in your underwear? Go for it! Wanna play that weird jam from the 80s without being judged? Now you can! Do you want to sing loudly to that cheesy 80s song? Belt it out, since no one’s around you! Exercising alone can make you feel more comfortable with the idea of physical activities in general, as you’re the only one around and you can also measure your growth in your own terms.
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