We all know that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, but let’s be real, sometimes going to the gym for a workout can be very challenging. In this post, I will outline six reasons to workout at home. Many obstacles can get in the way of making it to the gym, so working out from home might just be right for you.
Granted, some people struggle to workout at home, but others thrive. Let’s take a look at some benefits of working out at home on your own time.
Speaking of time, doing a workout at home saves you time when it comes to packing up and heading to the gym. I know how deflating it can be to go home after a long day of work, pick up the kids, cook dinner, etc., and then have to think about getting ready to go to the gym.
Working out at home can save you time and save you a trip to the gym. For me, it’s about 10-15 minute drive to the gym, so I have to factor that in. That’s 20-30 minutes of drive time when I could be halfway through my workout already if I were to exercise at home.
If you have a gym super close by, then you are fortunate, but for a lot of people, working out at home can save a decent amount of time.
You don’t have to mess with the gym
This statement takes on various meanings. Gyms are great for many people, but they also come with some baggage. Frequently, gyms are overcrowded, and some (not all) of the people are less than friendly and accommodating when it comes to “sharing.”
Evenings are by far the busiest times, and that makes complete sense. People get off work and head to the gym in the evening after work or dinner. Some gyms get really overcrowded. So when I say you don’t have to mess with the gym, I am talking about dealing with lots of people, some who don’t necessarily play nice with others.
The ability to workout at home will serve people well if you just want to get to work and get it over with. You don’t have to deal with a lot of the other stuff that goes in at a gym.
There is also the broken equipment factor. Some gyms are outstanding when it comes to fixing equipment quickly, and others are not. I used to belong to a gym, and sometimes it would take months to fix stuff.
I understand they have to order parts, etc. but it’s frustrating when you go to an already overcrowded gym, and then the equipment is broken.
Okay, I am done with that rant, moving on.
Saves money over the long term
Most likely, to workout at home, you will need to invest some money in some kind of equipment to get started. A good pair of adjustable weight dumbbells and a workout bench is a great place to start. You can accomplish a lot with these tools at your disposal.
Instead of paying monthly membership fees at your local gym, which adds up over time, you can save money working out at home. Gym memberships can get expensive, and this cost adds up. Most people buy a gym membership and don’t use it very much, but they keep paying month after month anyway.
If you invest in some equipment for home, you can save over the long term on expensive gym memberships. You honestly don’t even have to spend that much money on equipment for a home gym, then you can be set for years to come.
There are also online videos that are very reasonably priced and will save you money over the cost of a gym membership. Many of these online workout videos do not require much in the way of equipment.
Exercise on your schedule
Exercising on your schedule is the biggest bonus when you decide to workout at home. Everyone is so busy with all kinds of stuff going on, work, kids, etc. it can be hard to fit in a trip to the gym.
As I mentioned earlier, gyms often get crowded with people, especially in the evenings, so to avoid the crowds, you have to during slower times. My experience has been that some gyms don’t slow down until 8 pm or so, and that is getting pretty late to go workout.
When you do a workout at home, you have the option to do so when it’s convenient for you. Maybe that means later in the evening after the kids are in bed. But at least you don’t have to pack up and head out of the house to workout.
Maybe you can get up a half-hour earlier in the morning and get a workout in before you go to work. Whatever works with your schedule is the beauty of being able to exercise at home.
Workout in the privacy of your own home
Not everyone wants to workout at the gym where everyone is looking at everyone. Some folks want to get a workout in with fewer wandering eyeballs.
A workout at home is private, no need to worry about comparing yourself to other people either. Privacy doesn’t necessarily mean you are embarrassed to work out at a gym, but instead, you don’t really want to be bothered.
So many people go to the gym and don’t actually do any exercise. Instead, they roam around and talk to everyone they know. If you work out in the privacy of your home, you can get your workout in and move on with your life.
When I work out, I want to get my sweat on and get it over with. I don’t need people talking to me. Forgive me if that sounds bad, but I can socialize later.
You will learn a lot
This is an interesting topic. If you are working out at home, you will not have access to all the equipment at a gym. This means you will have to get creative with what you have. You can take this as an opportunity to learn some new exercise techniques or try some different routines.
Just because you won’t have a ton of equipment doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout in. As I mentioned earlier, there are great videos available online, and you can mix and match different workout routines to create your own.
You may also be interested in hiring a personal trainer to meet you at your house. Working out with a trainer is a great way to get started, and he or she can help you design a workout that you can do at home. For more information on hiring a personal trainer to meet you at home, check out my complete review here. It’s not as expensive as you might think.
There are definitely some great benefits to working out at home. For some people, the reasons to workout at home significantly outweigh going to a gym. But, you do have to be committed, and that might not be for everyone.
I hope you found this information helpful as you weigh the pros and cons of getting a great workout in the comfort of your own home. You may have different reasons, and I would love to hear those as well.
Be sure to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
Do you currently work out at home, or have you thought about it?
What obstacles prevent you from working out at home?
Leave them in the comments below.