For the past several decades, working out has often been associated with going to the gym. A lot of people don’t view using a stationary cardio bike or doing yoga at home as a proper workout session. But you don’t have to drag yourself to the gym every day to get a proper workout. One of the things that COVID-19 has brought to light is that you can do a lot of things from the comfort of home without the need to step outside. If you are unsure about the benefits of working out at home, the list below highlights some amazing ones.
Firstly, exercising at home is convenient. If you have a 9-to-5 job and come home feeling tired, it can seem like a big hassle to pack a gym bag and drive across town to get to the gym. It can feel like an unnecessary chore.
In contrast, all you have to do to work out at home is to get into the right clothes, go to your designated workout space, and start moving. There isn’t any wasted time.
No waiting when working out at home
Another advantage of working out at home is the availability of equipment; it’s never an issue! If you have ever been to a gym, you know about the pain and agony of waiting for a particular machine or piece of equipment to become free for use.
The waiting time extends your workout and can ruin any sort of rhythm you with the routine that particular day. In the house, on the other hand, you’re likely the only one using the machine or share it with one or two people in the household.
Play your music or watch TV
Every choice is in your hand when working out at home, which is a big benefit when you want to crank up the music. You’re not limited to the tunes chosen by the gym that blares over the speakers. Instead, pick your favorite songs and put together a list to play when you’re ready to exercise.
If you want to watch television, that’s another option. Put your show on and position your stationary bike or another type of equipment in front of it. Change the channel when you want, and the same goes for the volume.
Working out at home: There’s no intimidation
Sometimes the gym feels like an intimidating place. You might worry about what others think of your moves, outfit, how much you sweat, or something else.
That’s stressful! You avoid the constant fear of being judged when you work out alone at home or with a loved one there.
There’s no worry about anyone laughing at any mistakes or missteps. You can wear whatever you are comfortable with without the fear of looking silly. By eliminating all of these distractions that you would normally face at the gym, you can put 100% focus on fitness.
One of the most important benefits of working out at home is that it is usually more affordable than the gym. Saving money is more important than ever!
You don’t have to worry about how to come up with the money for any membership fees. Also, you will save money on gas by not having to drive to and from a fitness center. There’s no pressure to buy any new or fancy gym clothes either to fit in at the gym.
You would just have to buy basic equipment first and then add additional gear as you progress. But that investment in your health is worth it and then you can exercise as much as you want in the comfort of home.
Feeling safe when working out at home
I recently gave up my gym membership because of worries about contracting the coronavirus. My gym assured me that they had stepped up sanitation and created other policies to combat COVID-19. But, I still worried about sharing machines. So, I gave up the membership rather than paying a monthly fee for a place that I no longer went to at all.
If you also worry about getting the virus during the pandemic, you might also feel safer working out at home; that’s a big benefit. I also like going for walks.
The list above shows how many great attributes associate with at-home workouts versus going to the gym. If you focus on your fitness and give it your all then you can achieve similar results in both locations, in my opinion.
Are you working out at home? What is your favorite type of exercise right now?