Deciding where you will exercise is very important in reaching your fitness goals. Many factors will influence this decision and each one should be evaluated before you start exercising.
Once you have made your decision, you can start planning your workout.
As you probably know, exercising at home has many advantages. The finance department is one of the best advantages. With gas prices being what they are today, it is quite obvious that you’ll save money on fuel as well as wear and tear on your vehicle by choosing to exercise at home.
Memberships to a gym can often be quite expensive and may include other things that you don’t need such as child care or swimming pools. You also won’t need to be concerned about the latest trends of exercise gear as you most likely will be exercising by yourself at home.
Keep in mind that working out at home does require a bit of financial obligation. Even though you may plan to run, it is very important that you have high quality running shoes. This statement applies to any type of equipment that you may purchase to use at home. If you go out and buy cheap equipment, you’ll probably end up getting hurt or getting frustrated because you aren’t making any progress.
Along with the financial gains, exercising at home may also help those who don’t like to work out in public. If you are worried about how you look in gym clothes, it is very comforting to know that the only person who has to be with you when you exercise at home is you. Also, when you exercise at home, you don’t need to worry about time at all.
Those of you who are motivated by being with people you know or come to know while working out away from home, a gym may be a better option. At a gym, you’ll also have a broader equipment selection than you’ll have at home.
If you need other services than just weights and equipment, the gym may have just what you are looking for. If you plan to swim a triathlon, you’ll find the swimming pool at the gym to be just what you need to prepare yourself. Swimming is also a great exercise for your body. This cardio exercise will work muscles in your body that you probably didn’t even know you had.
Most gyms also offer classes that you may find very motivating. If you attend a class on a regular basis, you may be motivated enough to continue so you don’t have to defend yourself when asked where you’ve been or what you have been doing. You can also meet new people in class or just help others along if you choose.
All in all, making the decision to exercise at home or a gym is a choice you should make based on your goals and personal preference. The most important decision you’ll need to make is to determine what type of environment you want to be in and how you want to accomplish the fitness goals in your life.
Once you have given it some thought and weighed out the pros and cons, you’ll have no problem making the choice. Always keep in mind that once you’ve made your choice, you can always switch if you aren’t happy.
One closing note about working out, whether it’s at the local Levittown gym, outside or at home, many athletes get injured, and these sports injuries need to be addressed ASAP. A lot of our patients come to see us because of a sports related injury. You don’t have to live with the pain. Give us a call, come in and see us and we’ll let you know what needs to be done to relieve the pain.