Home Workouts: Are They Worth It?
Hands up who of those among us have gone on paying for their gym membership for months on end… without stepping foot back in the establishment? And hey, there’s no judgement from our end, we can say without hesitation that we have done the same. Maybe a few times.
So instead of the gym being something you need to go and do, why not bring the gym to you? A home gym saves you time, money and maybe an excuse or two when it’s right there at your fingertips. If you’re still undecided if a home gym is for you, here are three reasons we think it’s worth your while.
Let’s face it, we are living in unprecedented times. But one thing that remains constant, is that your home is your safe space. When it comes to your home gym, you have 24/7 access, the travel time is non-existent and you can keep it spick and span without anyone else sweating on it. It’s pretty hard to find a local gym that can compete with that!
Having your own home workout equipment also means that you won’t suffer any interruptions to your training regime if your local area is subject to any COVID-19 restrictions, lockdowns or hot spots. Training at home also keeps you safer, whilst helping you stay fit, healthy and focused at home. Plus, you get to control the music, so if the pumping nightclub music wasn’t quite your flavour, you can take over the playlist now.
Find a new community
If you’re worried about missing out on the social interactions that your local gym or fitness class offers, fret not! There are many online exercise communities, whether it’s via an app, website or social media. Online trainers are more accessible than ever, meaning that you can seek personal training or advice from fitness professionals across the world to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
One such community that’s taking off in Australia is Peloton, who strive to connect people through fitness. Not simply a spin bike for home, Peloton offers an entire online fitness community via their custom-built app. Choose your trainer and your class, and you’ll also see who else is active in the class with you. Why not send a virtual high five while you’re there, because that’s also a feature! With a cult-like following of spin bike enthusiasts around the world, a Peloton bike may well be one of the best pieces of home gym equipment to invest in.
Although you might not always be motivated to work out, ensuring your fitness routine is tailored to you will make it that much more sustainable in the long run. Moving your body should first be fun, positive and achievable for it to become something you look forward to as part of your regular routine.
If you’re trying to figure out what the best home gym equipment is for you - first take a step back and think about what you have the most fun doing. It may be as simple as buying a set of dumbbells and a skipping rope, or perhaps a Pilates reformer that you can use alongside a YouTube tutorial. It’s best to stay realistic about what you can see yourself using regularly, and which equipment you’re already comfortable using.
This is the best way to set yourself up for success with your home gym, and what an empowering thing to do! Make sure you’re setting yourself achievable goals, no matter what that looks like, as wellness goals and journeys are deeply unique.
Have you already made the decision to buy exercise equipment for your home? Don’t forget to share with us how you’re making your move and keeping healthy at home by tagging us on your social channels with @activetruth #TeamAT, you never know who you’ll inspire!