Going to the gym can be expensive, inconvenient and intimidating. These are a few of the reasons that people are turning to Home Exercising. The home gym is becoming more and more popular. I am going to help you decide which one is for you. I am a great advocate for home training due to many reasons. Of course, it is always a personal preference but nowadays you can have all your own equipment in the comfort of your own four walls.
Some will say that you have to be “really disciplined” in order to exercise at home. However, it is more of a question of being motivated. Due to our hectic lifestyles, having a home workout space is personal and convenient and saves a lot of money in the long run.
So, I will break it down into 4 layers. The first will be the importance of comfort, whilst exercising. The second will focus on how to choose your equipment, based on your goal. The third will be the bonus of exercising at your own pace. The fourth layer will explain how personal and convenient it is to train at home.
Importance of Feeling Comfortable whilst Exercising
When it comes to achieving anything in life, it is imperative to remain motivated. This is especially important with exercising. It is all too easy to put it off until tomorrow. When people take up a gym membership, they automatically think, just because they are paying for it, they will go. However, my experience tells a different story.
Working and running gyms in the past, I would see members come and go. Some of them would be paying for a premium membership, which was not cheap. However, they would not attend for weeks on end. When they did eventually return, I would ask them why they had not attended. More often than not, they would reply “just didn’t have the time”, or “didn’t fancy going through the whole process of traveling to and from the gym”. This is definitely where comfort comes in. Picture this…
You have just come back from work. You should be happy that you are on your way home. Instead, you know that you have to go to the gym, spend a couple of hours there and then go home. You know where I am going with this! However, imagine you had all the home exercise equipment you needed, as soon as you step into your abode. I need say no more.
Choosing your Own Goal and Equipment
This is the exciting bit! Planning your home gym for YOUR goal. Now when we talk about home gyms, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth. You could spend anything from £20 plus. It totally depends on your goal and budget.
First you have to decide how much space you have. For example, you could have a summerhouse, or a spare room. However, you could have just enough space to swing a kettlebell. If you are anything like me, you will make the best of the space you have.
When I first started exercising at home, I had a tiny landing at my disposal. However, I brought what I needed and made the most of my space.
Now you have your space, you have to decide what your goals are. Do you want to:
- Lose weight and improve fitness – treadmill, cross-trainer, stepper
- Tone up – yoga mat, yoga blocks, resistance bands
- Build muscle – weight sets, benches, kettlebells
- Strengthen – olympic barbells, medicine balls
The above are just a very small selection of what is on offer for your home gym.
Exercising at your Own Pace
The beauty of home exercising is that you can train at your own pace. Yes, many people love competing with their gym buddies, or some random stranger at the gym. However, more than often, individuals like to put their headphones in and train without getting disturbed.
By setting up you home gym, you can go at a pace that is realistic for you. There will be no one to compete with, which means avoiding injuries because there will be no ego training involved.
Personal and Convenient
Exercising in the comfort of your own space is nothing short of euphoric. This is how I feel when I start my training sessions. If you haven’t already, you set your equipment up, get your preference of music ready and begin your session. Knowing that you do not have to queue for treadmills, or wait your turn to use a bench is a magnificent feeling.
The convenience of jumping into a clean shower, is so psychologically satisfying! One of the worst parts of being a member of a gym is having to clean the sweat off the machines, before you sit down. Knowing that you do not have to do this is a relief (and hygienic).
Start your Home Fitness Journey
Now you know what it takes to start (or even continue) your home fitness journey, you can get all the equipment you need to reach your exercise goals. Making the switch from gym to home is quite an easy transition. Once you weigh up all the pros and cons, and realise how easy it is to purchase home exercise equipment online, the decision becomes an easy one.
Even if you feel the need for guidance from a Personal Trainer, they’re willing to travel to your home. It is a common misconception that you can only acquire the services of a PT via a gym. This is not the case, as most PT’s will come to you. They will tailor your program around the equipment you have.
So the bottom line is, don’t be afraid to try this approach because I can tell you from my personal experience that it was one of the best decisions I have made. Not only does it allow me to exercise conveniently in the comfort of my own home, but it also allows me to be able to spend a lot more time with my family. Enjoy your journey!
Remember, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to help.