Exercise: Gym Vs Home Workouts
The gym and home workout craze is currently thriving. Men are doing everything they can to get bigger whilst women are doing everything they can to get thinner, but there you are sat at home watching Netflix with an extra large meat feast pizza. You want to be healthy and want to go to the gym and work out too, but just can’t find the motivation or the money to do so, right? But thinking about working out isn’t the same as ACTUALLY working out, unfortunately.
Which is best: gym or home workouts? Personally, I prefer gym group classes (Les Mills workouts, insanity, crossfit etc.). I think they are great fun and great exercise and also a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. I also struggle to find the motivation to go jogging or workout at home as I have too many distractions: TV, bed, the fridge, iPad/phone/laptop… The list is never ending. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing between going to the gym or staying at home, as long as you do something.
The gym is a great tool as it has all the equipment you need for an all over body work out. Everything from treadmills to resistance machines and weights. Most gyms also offer group classes and personal training. So, if you’re someone that doesn’t know where to start or just need some friendly competition to make you work harder, the gym will cater to your needs.
Unfortunately, this service tends to come at a price which many can’t afford. I pay £35 a month for mine and have unlimited access to classes, gym and swimming pool which, depending on how often you go, is an excellent price. Another big downside is overcrowding, especially after New Year’s! You have to book classes well in advance, go to the gym early in the morning or late at night when it’s empty, or put up with long queues waiting for machines. In addition to this you get people that hog equipment, make unnecessary noises, try to show off or just get in your way.
The best things about home workouts is the fact that you can stumble out of bed and exercise whenever you feel like it and it is completely free! You can do whatever you feel like doing and go at your own pace. You don’t have to worry about people staring at you or waiting for you to finish with the cross trainer. If you don’t have a lot of spare time you can fit some squats or sit-ups in whenever you have a spare 5 minutes in your day.
On the downside, you might have limited space at home and little equipment (which can be quite costly depending on what you want). With limited equipment there are also limited results. For example, if you are a male, you cannot gain large amounts of muscle without lifting heavy weights. In addition to this, if you are lazy like me, actually forcing yourself to exercise is a huge challenge in itself – especially when you have a tonne of distractions around you!
Tips to Find Motivation
- Find a friend with similar interests as you
- Try different things out. Maybe neither the gym or home workouts are an option. If that’s the case, join a sports team or play tennis or go swimming. Even walking for an hour a day can go a long way. If none of those interest you, try assault courses for example – literally anything to get you out and moving!
- Do something you find fun and will look forward to. If you don’t enjoy it you will find exercise a chore
Health should be a priority, so instead of going out every weekend or going to cafes and restaurants or going on shopping sprees, save some money and pay for a gym membership or some equipment for your home workouts. A night of drinking and clubbing, an item of clothing from Topshop or 12 coffees from Starbucks are all roughly the same price as a gym membership… If you put it into perspective, it’s not such a big price to pay. Your health is important.
How do you exercise?