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Working out at home compared to a gym membership

You may think that in order for you to exercise you need to be a member at a gym.  Though being a member at a gym is beneficial, it does not guarantee that you will exercise and it isn’t the only way that you can have a good workout.  Think about the benefits and the downsides of working out at home compared to a gym membership before you join a gym.

Gyms and health clubs are great places to exercise.  Gyms have all the equipment you may need, some of it might be broken or missing parts though.  Gyms also have a wide variety of people to interact with, and also who you have to wait to get off the machine before you can begin your workout.  If you don’t mind working out in front of many people, wiping down sweat off of machines and watching others exercise a gym might be perfect for you.

But if you prefer to save time, money and expand your workout to include other things beyond a gym, working out at home compared to a gym membership might be the right thing for you.

Having a gym membership can cost you 30 bucks a month for the basic gym to over 150 bucks for a luxury gym.
Chances are that if you shelled out the 150 bucks you would use the same equipment at the 30 buck gym.  But being in a gym also restricts what you are able to do which can inhibit your workout.

By skipping the gym you could save 350 to 2000 dollars a year!  If you are going to spend that much money at the gym, you might as well purchase your own equipment and save your money down the road.

If your gym offers classes on aerobics or some amazing belly-dance workout routine you may want to take advantage of those classes.  Being involved in a class is a great way to get motivated to work out.  Plus you can meet many people in the class who may have similar tastes to you.

But you don’t need to limit yourself to the single aerobics class the gym offers, there are many DVD’s that you can use at home which would have more workout material and can be a better fit for you as an individual instead of for a class as a whole.

Gyms have wonderful exercise machines, class instructors and locker rooms.  But the single thing that a gym doesn’t have that you do have access to outside be the great outdoors.  Gyms cannot offer you biking down beautiful trails, getting a workout hiking or kayaking down a river. Working out at home compared to a gym membership can save you time, money and you can try things outside of the gym atmosphere.

The most important thing to remember is that doing the same thing over and over is fine, but not great for you.  Challenge your body by doing the many different physical activities that gyms just cannot offer.

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