Don’t know if working out at home or working out at the gym is the right option for you? Well, I have listed for you below some pros and cons of each option based off of my own experience. My hope is that you read this article, feel more enlightened, and will then ultimately make the right decision for YOU that will make YOU feel comfortable and motivated to stick with your fitness goals.
Working Out At The Gym
1.) Access to a wide variety of exercise equipment, which of course will mean a higher possibility for you to reach your fitness goals.
2.) Motivating environment. Seeing other people workout is a great way to boost your motivation while at the gym to work hard.
3.) Access to personal trainers who can help you get in shape, become more flexible, and more.
1.) Commuting to the gym can be costly, frustrating, and can come into conflict with your schedule.
2.) As much as the gym can be a motivating environment, it can also be an intimidating and uncomfortable environment as well.
3.) You have to pay monthly fees and with some gyms, you have to deal with contracts!
4.) It can end up costing a lot of money shopping for fitness gear. Not to mention, if you are overweight, it can get pretty annoying trying to find comfortable fitness gear (which is something I had to deal with).
5.) Because of the above, it is VERY easy to make excuses to not go to the gym.
Working Out At Home
1.) No worrying about commuting.
2.) No worrying about gym membership fees or contracts.
3.) No worrying about gym clothes.
4.) You get to workout in peace and comfort.
5.) You don’t need lots of fitness equipment (you can do body weight exercises).
1.) It’s easier for you to make excuses since you are not spending money to workout at home.
2.) It can get boring working out at home.
3.) If you have joint problems or other problems with your body, body weight workouts may not be ideal. You may need special equipment to help with fixing these areas.
4.) If you get equipment, it can get pretty expensive… and it can certainly take up a lot of space in your home. For example, in my 2 bedroom apartment, I have a rowing machine, a manual treadmill, a recumbent bike, a reflex bag, a freestanding heavy bag, a weight bench, and a variety of other exercise equipment (weights, resistance bands, boxing gloves, etc.). Not only did that cost me a lot of money over the years, it has taken up a TON of space in my apartment.
Fortunately I am gifted with interior design and have managed to get everything positioned in a way where it doesn’t “take away” from my home… but still… JEEZ! My wife would have been really pissed had I not gotten in shape having all this equipment!
So, with all the above read, which do you now prefer? Want to workout at home or workout at the gym? No matter what, just please make sure you make a decision on what makes YOU feel comfortable and makes YOU feel as if you will be able to stay consistent with reaching your goals.
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