8 Reasons For Owning A Home Gym
Not satisfied with your gym membership? It’s time to revisit the benefits of a home gym.
Face it, you’re tired of working out next to that sweaty guy at the gym. ‘Wait, did he really forget to wipe down the machine again?’ Or perhaps with your hectic schedule you’re having a hard time making time for the trip to the gym. With all of your responsibilities, no one can blame you for forgetting to pack a gym bag in the morning. Between questioning the cleanliness and time crunches, you find yourself dodging the gym and, yet, you’re still paying for that expensive membership. With that in mind, let’s revisit the benefits of a home gym:
1. Flexibility and convenience.
This benefit may be the most obvious. Get your sweat on within the comfort of your own home. No commute to the gym, no waiting for your favorite equipment, and most importantly, no excuses to get fit. Think about all of the time you saved not having to pack a bag or driving to the gym, and all the extra time you put into working out. By not having to leave the house, you save time and energy. Why not multitask and get some reading done while cycling or catch up on your favorite TV show while speed walking on the treadmill.
Having a home gym enables you to create the perfect workout environment—avoid distractions, random strangers, and interruptions. No awkward small talk eating into your exercise time, no judgement from other gym-goers, and most importantly no comparing your body to the people around you. Wear whatever you want and turn up that music. In fact, belt out the lyrics to your favorite pump-up song as you turn up the intensity on your treadmill.
3. Less expenses.
If you consider all of the expenses directed toward your gym membership, you’d find it goes way beyond the monthly fee. Consider the gas and resources spent getting there, the unnecessary time spent at the gym including changing, waiting for equipment and more. Beyond that, hiring a personal trainer can cost you upwards of $50-$100 dollars an hour. Realizing this is not an easy add to the budget, personal machines equipped with virtual personal trainers are becoming more popular.
4. Focus on you.
Forget how much the guy next to you at the gym you is squatting. With a home gym, the focus is entirely on you. Wear whatever you want and turn up that music. Interactive fitness technology such as iFit® incorporates treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes with personalized workouts just for you, allowing you to get the most out of your workout. With iFit®, highly accredited trainers push you to your limits and offer a variety of classes to get your heart pumping from the comfort of your own home.
5. Surround yourself with equipment you love and trust.
Let’s be honest, when you go to the gym, you use the same two or three machines. And when you’re surrounded by fellow gym-goers, it can feel as though you have an audience. You don’t want to make a fool of yourself trying out new equipment. So, you stick to the basics even though you’re paying a membership for all sorts of equipment you don’t need and will never use. But buying the amount of equipment that a gym provides can be expensive! There are machines that combine cardio and strength—two workout routines in one that’ll make a great addition to your personal home gym. You’re not only saving money and space in your home, you’re getting your money’s worth with a workout that’ll benefit you.
6. Beneficial for the whole family.
Get your children and your spouse involved, making exercise a family event. Finding ways to incorporate your family members can be a fun way to bond and burn calories. If you have children, they’ll see equipment in the home and learn fitness is part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
7. No germs.
This crazy flu going around is a reminder that gyms can be a breeding ground for all kinds of icky stuff. Locker rooms are rampant with highly contagious fungi such as athlete’s foot and even the potentially deadly MRSA. Although, some equipment is easy enough to wipe down, some items, such as weights, are reported to harbor 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Thankfully, a home gym allows you to be in complete control of sanitation and germ control. Have peace of mind knowing you are the sole user of your equipment.
8. No excuses.
Grab your water bottle, your shoes, and get started right away in your home gym. No one is judging your routine, your outfit, or your sweat marks. Name any excuse that keeps you from reaching your fitness goals. Bad weather? No gas in the tank? Got off work late? Your home gym is always open and ready for you to get moving. Having a home gym is the next step toward squashing excuses and getting serious about fitness.
Author: Jessica Dryden, Utah State University