Lack of time is one of the most common excuses people use for skipping workouts or giving up on exercise all-together. In fact, it may be one reason an estimated 67 percent of people who have a gym membership never show up to workout, according to fitness industry data, and those who do only workout twice a week.
And there’s other things about the gym experience that can leave you less than motivated to fit exercise into you busy schedule. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Check out these four benefits of working out at home instead of going to the gym:
1. Your workout starts now. There’s no waiting for a treadmill, stationary bike, or the dude in the tank-top to wrap up another set on the bench press. There’s no traffic jam to worry about or gym hours you have to follow. In other words, your workout starts now, or anytime it fits your schedule.
2. Germ-free territory. Working out is supposed to strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles, and help you manage your weight. But going to the gym could make you sick. In fact, researchers at the University of California found that gyms can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Workout at home, and you don’t have to worry about all the germs others may have left behind on the equipment or in the locker room. Gross!
3. No more staring. In a recent fitness survey that included about 550 men and women, many people said they avoid the gym because they’re self-conscious and don’t want people staring at them. That’s not a problem when you workout at home. If you’re just trying to learn an exercise or master a movement, you can take your time to learn the technique without feeling like the whole world is staring at you.
4. Save money. The average monthly gym membership costs $58 per person, according to industry data. Factor in gas and commuting, fees for classes, and all the cash you spend on overpriced snacks and smoothies and going to the gym can get expensive. However, you can get a high-quality, calorie-burning workout at home with bodyweight exercises and strength training exercises that require little to no equipment. Working out at home will save you money.
If you’re ready to get your workout on, you don’t need to go to the gym. Let us show you how you can burn fat, build muscle, and get in the best shape of your life with workouts you can do at home.