To gym or not to gym? That is the question. Whilst exercising at home is trending, there is still an ever-popular pull to head to the gym. Let’s explore the reasons why it’s important to keep, or add, the gym as part of your weekly workout routine.
If you’re new to exercising regularly, you might be questioning how a gym could help you achieve your goals. Can I get fit on my own? Do I really need a gym?
To answer these questions, let’s first dive into the reasons why exercising at home is great.
You get more privacy
At a gym, you’ll find yourself amongst others with the same mission: to work out! But, the idea of sweating in front of others might be confronting. What if you (literally) run into someone on your way to the kettlebells? What if you make a mistake or worse, trip in front of the guy who seems to be the expert?
At home, you can make as many mistakes as you want, with only your dog as the eyewitness. But there are pitfalls to the concept of “privacy” at home. Whilst the gym brings together likeminded people with the same mission (to work out and be healthy), your home brings together others who might not be on the same mission as you: children who want a snack, pets who are begging you for a walk, or a partner who’s asking you questions about laundry.
All of these distractions can get in the way of your exercise goals.
Roll out of bed, put some comfy clothes on (no need for a fit LuluLemon outfit when you’re at your house), and you’re ready for a workout! As opposed to getting to the gym, which can be half the battle! Getting dressed, packing your gym bag, getting your car keys and perhaps finding yourself in traffic can be off-putting. We get it.
But, is it too convenient? Sometimes when you’ve got the laundry piling up in the corner of your “gym” at home, or you start to get hungry as the smell of buttered toast wafts into the room, it’s convenient to simply stop your workout plan before it was truly meant to be over.
When you’ve made the commitment to get to the gym, you know you won’t cut it short. You know you’ll devote the time and energy needed for a great workout, so that you know your time and commitment was worth it.
Gyms have membership fees
It’s true, working out at home doesn’t include the membership fees that gyms have. A penny saved is a penny earned.
That said, before you get excited and purchase an exercise bike off a late-night infomercial, you need to think about what your fitness needs are.
Do you know if you're doing the exercise correctly? How much should you invest in equipment? And, think about the space needed for the equipment in your home (and no, your kids won’t share a room to make space for your exercise plan)!
Clearly we’re biased so, let’s chat the reasons why adding, or keeping the gym as part of your exercise routine, is important.
So you’ve got 2.5 kids (one’s your furry pet, of course) that seem determined to hold you accountable to staying away from exercising.
At the gym, it’s the exact opposite. You’ve got an entire club staff and likeminded members who are excited for your fitness journey! They each want to support you.
You’ll start to develop relationships with those you choose to seek out, which will cultivate an accountability to motivate you to show up for your weekly routine!
Plus, if you’ve got a bit of competitive spirit, working out around others (especially if he’s as handsome as a Hemsworth brother) will actually make you go that extra mile (on the treadmill, that is).
You can get support and advice
Some gyms (like Virgin Active!) offer a complimentary fitness assessment on your first visit to make sure you feel prepared to achieve your exercise goals. At the end of the day, the attention you get can accelerate the results you desire.
Group exercise classes are a fantastic way to receive support and advice at your gym. Our Coaches, who hold thousands of hours of combined fitness expertise in their distinct fitness fields, will help answer your questions and stay on track to hit your personal goals.
There's a wide variety of equipment
Whilst your friend Mike purchased an expensive stationery bike for his home and is still looking for the right room to set it up in, you’re in the know that a gym has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into their equipment to make sure you’ve got the variety and quality you need for your personalised workout.
With treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes, swimming pools, dumbbells, yoga mats and more, a gym has invested fully so that you don’t have to. Instead of being like Mike who needs to replace his stationery bike in 2 years because there’s a better technology out there (and he’s determined to believe this time he’ll ride it more than once per month!), you enjoy the benefits of a gym that is constantly investing in new equipment to meet today’s standards.
Ready to be excited for your exercise goals? Virgin Active could be just the ticket. Book your tour today.