If you’re like many Americans, one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get yourself back into shape. There are many fitness options available, and most people will choose to either purchase a gym membership or workout at home.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Gym memberships: The advantages of a gym membership are clear – you’ll have access to a wide variety of workout machinery and equipment for a monthly fee. Workout machinery is expensive, so a monthly fee of $50 (or more) might sound like a bargain.
The disadvantages of a gym membership are not always as clear. Aside from the cost, professional gyms can be quite crowded during peak hours, which can mean waiting for the machine you want or engaging in a less effective workout.
Dirty equipment is a common problem in heavily used gyms, and the bathrooms and showers should only be used by the very brave.
Convenience is an issue as well – driving across town or even down the street might be the last thing you want to do after a grueling workout.
Unlike gyms, the most obvious advantage of working out in your home is that it’s absolutely free. The monthly costs of a gym membership can add up quickly, resulting in hundreds of dollars per year.
There’s never a line to use your home gym, and you never have to worry about messy equipment or questionable bathrooms.
Best of all, there’s no drive – you can complete your workout, freshen up, and get changed under the same roof.
While most people with a membership will insist that a professional gym is the best option, not all trainers agree. A simple program with a bit of stretching, cardio, and calisthenics is more than enough to meet most fitness goals. Such exercises don’t require expensive machinery or large weights, and only require a portable and resilient workout foundation like the FlexFit Mat to be performed in the home.
The Best Choice for You
Before making a final choice on whether to purchase an expensive gym membership or set up a personal workout space at home, take the time to gather information on the equipment you would need for a home gym and compare the cost to what you might spend for a year-long gym membership.
Ultimately, if your fitness goals can be achieved from home, then purchasing a gym membership might not be the best choice for you and you could save a significant amount of money by pursuing a fitness regimen at home.