Devil’s Advocate

Working Out at Home or in the Gym?

As we get older and life gets busier, people are finding it harder to fit exercise into their schedules. Because of this, we are finding a growing trend in at-home workouts, but is that as effective as going to the gym? Exercising at home has many benefits; you don’t have to travel anywhere, you can do it anytime in the comfort of your own home; but how often will you stick to your workout plan? Working out at home sounds like a good idea, but there are countless distractions being in your house, or you simply decide watching TV sounds like a better idea.  Driving to a gym eliminates those distractions and helps you stick to your workout.

There are numerous benefits of working out at a gym compared to working out at home. First you have to consider the atmosphere you will get from going to a gym. When everyone around you is working out it’s a form of motivation. You see others around you so you will want to give it your all with every exercise.  For example, there are people exercising around you so it’s a lot harder to quit in the middle of a set. Also another benefit of joining a gym is to avoid working out alone. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, exercising with a partner or group is the best way to stay motivated and less likely to skip a workout. Most people strive for that social environment and there is no better way to get it than to go to the gym and feel better about yourself.

Next, although there is a membership fee, you are not going out and spending thousands of dollars on expensive gym equipment. Most people have one to two pieces of gym equipment at home. Which mainly include a treadmill and a few free weights. The gym has it all for you to use for only a small monthly fee. Although over time you might be paying close to the same amount as you would if you had a home gym, there are a lot of people, myself included that don’t have the money to spend at once to buy all the equipment you will need to get yourself a total body workout. By having all of these different options of equipment, it expands your exercise options and can target a specific muscle group you might not normally work on.

A benefit that is often overlooked is the ability to have a spotter whenever you need it. There are always other people at the gym so there will always be someone to ask to spot you during one of your sets. Having a spotter is crucial for maintaining proper safety while lifting and is necessary if you want to build muscle at a quicker pace.

Gyms often will post a calendar of classes you can take, usually that are included in your membership. You are able to try out different exercises that you might not normally do or might not be doing correctly. This can be very helpful when learning new programs like Yoga and Zumba. Most injuries are caused not by the exercise itself, but doing the exercise incorrectly.

Most gyms offer conveniences like protein shakes, towels, daycare, tanning and steam rooms. These aren’t all necessary things, but make your whole experience more comfortable. They also normally come with a few sessions with a personal trainer to set your exercise and eating schedule to get you jump started into better health. An additional benefit can be a reimbursement from your health insurance. Many companies will even give you money towards your HSA if you show that you are enrolled in a yearly gym membership.

Working out at home falls into the same category as working from home. They both have the same problem because there are constant distractions, especially if you have kids. They might want your attention, need your help with something or even get hurt trying to use your equipment like you. By going to the gym, you can leave all that behind. Drop the kids off at the daycare inside and be able to spend more time focusing on yourself.

As you can see, there are several reasons why going to the gym is the better option to keep you on your healthy lifestyle plan.  It keeps you motivated and on track. You have endless exercise options with the different machines, and your membership includes more than just exercise machines. Need motivation to get to the gym? Try putting it in your calendar and treat it as an “appointment”. Happy exercising everyone!





Author: fit_spiration

Read more about Carlene Speizer and discover healthy recipes, meal plans, fitness tips, and more! Be happy & healthy.

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