When a person decides to work out, one particular question always arises: exercise at home, or join a gym to work out? There are pluses and minuses to each scenario.
Work Out At Home
The idea of exercising at home is undeniably appealing. It’s compatible with the “digging in for the evening” urge. It takes away the “I’m too tired to go to the gym/I don’t feel like going to the gym” family of excuses. And, speaking of family, working out at home, where you can be seen working out, might set a good example and encourage others to exercise.
Working out at home is also private. It’s perfectly acceptable to exercise in old sweats, or shorts and t-shirt that have seen better days. Barefoot is even OK for many exercises. Some folks have body image issues, as well. There are people who flatly refuse to set foot in a gym until they lose twenty or so pounds first.
Music can be at whatever volume you like. Or you can choose not to have any music at all. It’s your call. It’s also possible to deal with needs of small children when they can’t wait.
Work Out In a Gym
Someone else cleans and maintains the facility, especially the machines. There are scads of different types of equipment (and more may frequently come in) to try, evaluate, then add to or discard from your exercise routine. Some machines make it possible to work with more weight because they do the stabilizing for you. You may not want to use machines for every workout, but knowing they’re available can add to exercise variety.
When getting into the habit of regular exercise, having like-minded folk around can improve motivation. Some people do very well in a more social environment. There is something about not wanting to let workout buddies down, so attendance is more consistent. Having others around who have the same or similar goals brings about a certain positive energy that can seriously benefit a person. Inspiration and encouragement can be had for the taking, just by virtue of others being present.
In a gym, instant help is available and can take more than one form. The most common is a spotter for those weights it isn’t safe to try working with alone. Form and nutrition questions can be asked and answered right when they’re thought of. Progress, or lack thereof, can be discussed with both peers and pros. It’s also possible to review goals and get feedback on whether they’re realistic or not.
Lucky for most folks, working out at home or in a gym is not an either-or question. Sometimes, a combination of gym workouts and exercising at home produces the best results, both physical and psychological. What’s most important is that what you do works for you.