Advantages Of Working Out At Home

advantages of working out at homeIf you read my blog at all, you know I’m a big proponent of working out at home.  I’ve done numerous workout programs, including Insanity, P90X, P90X2, Body Beast, etc.  I’ve been doing it for over 2 years, after spending years at the gym, and don’t see myself ever going back to my old ways.  So I figured I would let you all know what I think are the advantages of working out at home.

Top 5 Advantages Of Working Out At Home

I could probably go on and on about this topic, but here are my top 5 advantages of working out at home:

1) You save time.
This is by far one of the biggest advantages of working out at home.  Think about what you have to do if you go to the gym.  Put your stuff in your gym bag, get all bundled up (if it’s winter), hop in your car and drive to the gym, check-in, change clothes, and get out to the gym floor.  Then you finally get to your workout, probably at least 20-30 minutes after you started getting ready.  After you get your workout done, do that all in reverse.  That takes a ton of time out of your day.  If you workout for an hour, your total time spent will be well over 90 minutes.  That’s a big time commitment!  For me, I change clothes, grab my water bottle, and head downstairs to workout.  It takes about 5 minutes to get ready and start my workout.  Talk about a huge time savings!  If you’re a parent or just have a busy schedule this is a huge advantage of working out at home.

2) No waiting for equipment.
Ever wait at the gym for a piece of equipment?  There isn’t an open treadmill, all the benches are filled up, or someone is using the dumbbells you need.  Sound familiar? I know it happened a lot when I went to the gym.  It’s bound to happen if you go.  The last thing I want to do when I’m working out is wait.  It’s just wasted time.  When you workout at home, guess what?  No one is using your equipment!  I never have to wait a second for something open up!  This is a big time saver again.  Also, you don’t have to clean everything before you workout because someone else left a pool of sweat on it.  When you think about it, the gym is probably one of the dirtier places out there with so many different people touching the same stuff.  You don’t have to worry about that working out at home.

3) Less likely to make excuses.
Think you can find an excuse if it takes you 30 minutes to get ready, go to the gym, and start your workout?  Especially when it’s cold/snowy/rainy out?  I’m guessing that wouldn’t be too hard.  I think it’s a lot harder to drag yourself out and get to the gym than it is to go to your workout room or living room in your house to get going.  I workout in the morning, so besides having to get up earlier, there isn’t much room for any excuses.  For me I know this is a big advantage of working out at home.  You still can find excuses, but at least you don’t have the barrier of making a huge commotion to just get to the place where you’re going to workout.

4) Don’t have to worry about what other people think.
Ever feel a little self-conscious working out at the gym?  I hear this often from women especially.  “I feel weird working with the weights” or “I just don’t know what I’m doing and don’t want to look stupid“.  That is totally understandable.  When you’re new to working out you don’t know everything there is to know about proper form, what to do, etc.  And it can be intimidating going to the gym where it seems like everyone else knows what’s going on.  That’s what I love about working out at home!  You can try things and look stupid and who cares?  You don’t have to be an expert.  I know I personally try things at home that I would never do at the gym.  4 ball push-ups?  Not a chance I would do that at the gym.  But at home I’m just fine doing weird stuff or things I struggle with because I’m not worried about other people judging me.  I think it really frees you up to try new things and challenge yourself.

5) You get results.
Now I know you can get good results going to the gym, I’m not denying that.  But I’ve seen a lot of people, myself included, who just do better working out at home.  I think it’s really because of the advantages I already talked about.  You’re less likely to make excuses, you’re not self-conscious, etc.  I’m much more comfortable doing what I do at home, and I don’t need to spend as much time doing it either.  It’s allowed me to get in the best shape of my life and I’ve seen the same for countless other people.

Working Out At Home – Where To Start?

The first thing I would say, if you’re working out at home, is to join a team.  If you don’t have one, you can join mine.  The reason I say that is when you workout at home, you don’t always have someone motivating you like you might at the gym.  But we have an awesome team that is really motivating.  So plug in with us and we’ll keep you going 🙂  If you’re wondering what program might be good for you, I can help you figure that out.  Not everyone should start with Insanity or P90X.

I know not everyone agrees with me, but these are the top 5 advantages of working out at home, at least in my eyes!

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