How often do you think about exercising more but dread the idea of going to a gym? The obvious solution is to set up your own gym at home. The initial expense is minimal, and you can use a corner of the bedroom, a spare room, or even the garage as your workout space.
Do you need more incentive? Here are four ways that having your own gym at home can be good for you.
Saving Money on Gym Memberships
Maybe you’ve had a gym membership in the past and ended up not using it often. At the end of the year, you look at how much the membership costs, compare that to how many times you went, and decide it’s not worth it.
Did you know that it’s easy enough to get the basics for a home gym using what amounts to a couple months worth of most gym memberships?
You can buy your own fitness mat, a weight bench, a few weights, and a jump rope to start off. Add to the gym when and as you can afford it. You’ll have something that does not come with recurring costs.
Work Out Whenever You Like
Personal schedules don’t always jive with the hours that the local gym is open. That’s one of the reasons why you didn’t go all that often.
If you have your own gym at home, it’s always there when you finish with work and any other demands on your time. Commit to working out three times a week for at least a half-hour. It won’t matter if you work out first thing in the morning or at midnight. The point is to work out whenever your schedule allows.
Weather is No Excuse
How many times have you looked out at the pouring rain and decided there’s no way you’re leaving the house for anything? That puts a crimp on any plans you had of working out at the local gym.
If you decide to create a home gym and buy plates and other essentials to stock it, the weather is never an issue. Whether it’s hot or cold, clear skies or raining, you can still work out.
The Privacy Factor
Not everyone relishes the idea of working out at a gym. Perhaps you feel a little self-conscious because everyone else seems to be in much better shape.
Maybe you’re on the modest side and don’t like using a locker room. It could be that you’d rather not have others watch as you struggle to master a new exercise or figure out how much weight you can press without overdoing things.
With a home gym, no one is watching. It’s okay if you need to begin with lower amounts of weight or can only do a few pull-ups at first. It’s possible to move at your own pace without wondering if anyone is passing judgments.
Your mind and body needs physical activity to thrive. If going to a gym or fitness center is a bit much for you to handle, do look into the idea of setting up a workout space in the home. Stick with it and don’t skip any of your planned workouts. Within a month, you’ll notice a difference in how you look and feel.