Working out is one of the most gratifying experiences you can get, but the hassle of the gym may be keeping you from experiencing all aspects of the workout experience. According to a Finder survey $.1.8 billion dollars is wasted by Americans on gym memberships that go unused every year. If you have ever caught yourself rolling your eyes or coming up with excuses to skip your workout it’s possible that working out a home is more suitable for you.
Here are 20 reasons to skip the gym membership in favor of maintaining a fitness regimen in the comfort of your own home.
Saves time. There’s no commute. There’s no time needed to park, check-in at the gym, or hit the locker room to change, which you are familiar with these time killers if you visit the gym often.
Saves money. Memberships can get pricey, especially if you are at a premier gym or hold a premier membership. You can purchase the equipment you use and skip paying for equipment you don’t use.
More hygienic. It’s pretty common knowledge that gyms are not necessarily the cleanest places with all that sweat and sharing of equipment. If you work out at home with your own equipment you know exactly how clean your equipment is. Plus, you don’t have to worry about picking up a “bug” or cold from a shared piece of equipment.
No distractions. There’s no loud banging, talking, or otherwise distracting noises and actions going on around you that keep you from focusing on achieving your workout goals.
Privacy. You are in the comfort of your own home! What’s not to love about that?
Choice of Equipment. When you work out at home and begin building your home gym you get to select what kind of equipment you include.
More variety in the type of workout. There are so many fitness program options that can include using apps, going for a run outside, getting a new piece of equipment, or even just adding a few new exercises to the routine.
No wait time. You don’t have to awkwardly wait for a piece of equipment to free up causing gaps in your workout.
You can work at your own pace. When working out at home you don’t have to worry about being “that guy”, you know the one that hogs the equipment at the gym.
Your workout schedule can be more flexible. Without the hassle of commuting and typical gym hassles you can work your workout into even the busiest of schedules because it’s only a matter of steps away from you. Also, you don’t have to set aside one large chunk of time to complete your workout because you can easily break up your workout into smaller time segments to fit between your other responsibilities.
No fear of judgment. In the comfort of your home, you will be able to let loose and have fun with your workout without having to worry about what other people are thinking. This can be incredibly freeing and can even motivate you to work out more.
You are more comfortable. What do you have to worry about at home? No one is there to judge you. Home is literally one of the most comfortable places you can be, so it makes sense that your workout would feel better within the comfort of your own home.
No need for extra child or pet care arrangements. When you work out at home you do not have to make child or pet care arrangements, because you can just model a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the company of your family while you work out.
Increases family fitness by being a positive role model. By working out regularly and allowing your family to see you, you model positive fitness goals and behaviors.
You are never without something you need for your workout. Ever get to the gym and realize that you forgot your water bottle, sports bra, or some other important item? I think we all have. That’s not an issue is you work out at home!
Not very far to go for post-workout snacks/water. Your kitchen full of healthy food is closer than anything else, so the amount of temptation to grab something quick, i.e., processed on the way home is eliminated.
No obligatory small talk with strangers. You know that awkward moment of small talk that is obligatory when you start working out near someone else or finally get a chance to use the equipment you were waiting on? Yeah, you get to skip all that if you work out at home.
You can listen to whatever you want, as loud as you want. At the gym you have to listen to whatever is playing at the gym or whatever is playing in your headphones and that can get pretty annoying or in the way. That is not an issue when you workout at home.
More convenient. You are in the comfort of your own home. There is no commute or other frustrating drawbacks that are associated with going to the gym. Convenience is key to staying on track even through the long or especially difficult days.
Decreases excuses. If you have convenience, can work in a workout at any point, and you save money you will have a really hard time finding an excuse to skip working out.