Home or Gym?
When evaluating convenience or accountability,Â where you choose to exercise says a lot about you.
It’s that time of year when the TVs are plastered wall-to-wall withÂ infomercials touting the next great workout and equipment manufacturers telling you that you’d actually exercise if you had theÂ latest treadmill in your home. Of course, springtime emerges andÂ your DVD set has dust on it and your treadmill is covered withÂ shirts that are waiting to be ironed.
On the flip side, the local health clubs are selling membershipsÂ and charging huge joiner fees (*except FitMe Wellness, whichÂ never charges a joiner fee) knowing that the vast majority ofÂ enrollees won’t use their membership past Valentine’s Day, eventually coming back to the gym in March to quit due to lack of use.
So what’s the right answer for you?
The advantage of working out at home is the convenience thatÂ allows you to get in a quick workout whenever the chance arises.Â But it is that same convenience that can jump up and zap anyÂ motivation you have to exercise. Hey, those shirts aren’t going toÂ iron themselves and what’s that noise the kids are making?
Working out at a health club and getting out of the house isÂ beneficial because it allows you to focus solely on exercise andÂ improving your health. If you leave your cell phone behind, youÂ can actually dedicate the time you spend there on your fitness. Another benefit of working out at a health club is that theÂ variety of activities and equipment should keep you motivatedÂ and engaged. Replicating that variety at home is exceptionallyÂ expensive.
This argument for variety, however, really only holds water if youÂ consciously work to avoid using the same piece of cardio equipment every time you go. Take the initiative to try something new!Â Learn how to use the strength training equipment, or better yet,Â ask a personal trainer for help. Try a new class. Don’t let anxietyÂ about trying something different stop you; you can only experience improvement through change!
So, unless you have incredible self discipline, skip the latest DVDÂ fitness craze and find a health club that meets your needs andÂ shares your values. The accountability, social interaction, variety,Â and 1-on-1 support are all worth it in the end.