Even though we may find excuses to avoid exercise, we all know how important it is for our mental and physical health. That’s why, wherever we choose to work-out, we have to make sure we stick to it and choose the best environment that suits our personal needs and our budget.
We have devised some pros and cons to help you find what’s best for you:
Pros of working out at home:
- Cost effective – obviously, there are no membership fees, and you can fill your home with lots of cost-effective equipment such as exercise balls and weights.
- Variety – The Gym may have a wide variety of equipment and rooms, but there’s no reason why you can’t match this at home! You can go out for a run, and there are a wide variety of exercise DVDs that are tailored for different levels. In 2018, there are even work-out apps that you can download and work through step by step.
- Convenient – You don’t have to worry about packing a bag or travelling to the gym after work. You could even work out in your pyjama’s if you wanted to… something that is frowned upon in gyms! It’s also much easier to split your workouts.
Cons of working out at home:
- Space – A lot of people might not have the space to work out at home especially if you want to use certain equipment.
- Boredom – It can be more difficult to remain mentally stimulated when working out at home. This will obviously vary from person to person but working out on your own at home takes motivation which a lot of people lack when it comes to staying healthy.
- Excuses – This links to boredom… I’m sure a lot of people have tried to work out at home, and then made excuses as to why they can’t (I know I have!). Excuses is always going to be a problem with staying healthy, but it becomes even more of problem when you are working out at home.
Pros of going to the gym:
- Wider variety of fitness options – If you’ve ever been to a gym, you will have noticed the wide variety of fitness options. There are cardio machines such as treadmills, stair climber, stair stepper and the list goes on. There may also be other facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts etc.
- Motivation – Paying for a gym membership, in itself can be motivating but gyms offer many other services that can help to motivate you, such as fitness classes.
- Energy – There’s something about going to the gym that gives you a personal boost. A big part of this, is getting motivation off of seeing what other people are doing. This makes staying focused in the gym, much easier than you would think.
Cons of going to the gym:
- Money – Going to the gym may be very effective for some people, but it’s going to cost you money! However, you do get what you pay for!
- The people – whilst this can be good for motivation, for some it could be a negative. Especially if it’s a well-known brand, there is always going to be people.
- The hassle – Anyone who has been to a gym before will be aware of how annoying it can be packing up a bag and filling up with water, especially if you’re going early in the morning or after work.
So, there you have it! This is always going to come down to your personality and you budget. If you are easily distracted then the gym might be your better option and if you are quite self-motivated, and if you are on a budget, then perhaps working out at home is your best option.