Are you ready to take the fitness plunge but unsure where to start? Or do you already have a fitness regime but are thinking it might be time to switch it up. Whatever stage you’re in, there is most likely one question running through your mind. “Do I join a gym or do I attempt to work out at home?”
In the past, joining a gym was considered a no brainer for anyone who was ready to begin their exercise journey. But in today’s world, the amount of home workout options is growing, and the gym may no longer be your best option.
If we’re being honest, we no longer have the time or the money to commit to a gym. Yet we’re worried we’ll feel lost without a brick and mortar location. How will we find the motivation to get up and be active? How will we know what to do or how long to do it for? In walks at-home fitness streaming, the answer to many of our fitness fears.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that the amount of Americans over 18 who meet the recommendation for both aerobics and muscle strengthening is only 23.2%. This statistic alone might drive you straight to the membership desk at your local gym. But let’s first look at what the gym might cost you:
- Time: Depending on travel time, the gym might cost you valuable chunks of your day. Let’s break the timeline down:
Travel Time: 20 minutes each way
Check-In: Five to 10 minutes
With this schedule, you’re looking at 45–50 minutes completely gone out of your day. And this doesn’t even include the time you devote to your workout.
- Money: A gym membership can cost between $10–300 a month. But life isn’t perfect. How many days will you run out of time? Feel under the weather? Or have something “come up”? It’s important to consider if you’re truly getting your money’s worth.
- Stress Level: Gyms cater to when the most amount of people can make it in. Because of this, the majority of classes are offered in the wee hours of the morning or the evening. Whatever time you choose, the class is running on someone else schedule, not yours. Which means it starts whether you’re running late or not. This, in turn, tends to cause anxiety for many people who are rushing to make it on time to exercise.
- Stagnation: A lot of people join gyms and attend the classes because they like being told what to do. Others go to the gym and use the same equipment over and over again, never mixing it up. Two things happen as a result. You either become stagnant and plateau. This leaves you wondering why you’re no longer seeing results. Or you become bored, which leads to you going to the gym less and less.
A much more individualized and increasingly popular exercise option is the home workout. More and more people are choosing to exercise in the comfort of their home using paid exercise programs. There is a wide range of fitness streaming services such as Beachbody, Tone It Up, or even YouTube. The equipment needed is usually minimal and the freedom you get in exchange is priceless. Let’s take a look at what you get out of exercising at home:
- Individualization: You get to pick and choose what you feel up to or your body is ready for. Not feeling cardio on Monday? Swap it out for yoga and take up cardio on Tuesday. When you exercise at home you don’t ever have to worry about what is and isn’t offered each day.
- Choosing a Program to Fit Your Body Type: Everyone has a different body type and so everyone’s body responds to exercising differently. A HIIT program might work great for you but it might be a horrible experience for a friend. They might benefit more from a pilates or yoga program.
- Scheduling: Home workouts are on your schedule, nobody else’s. Which means you can exercise before your early morning meeting or even after you put the kids to bed. Whenever you choose to get your workout in, it’s always waiting for you.
- Variety: When you choose to complete your workout routine at home the sky is the limit. Looking for a pilates workout that targets your upper body? Or a strength training workout that also involves cardio? Streaming your daily exercises at home allows you to access millions of workout routines right at your fingertips.
Some people love the rigidity of the gym. They love having a specific place to go where they know it’s time to put in the work and get those daily exercises in. Others love workouts at home. They enjoy being able to customize their fitness plan and exercise on their own timeline.
With our schedules tighter than ever before, we have less and less time to spend on ourselves daily. For many, a daily exercise routine is the only “me time” you have cut into your busy schedule. This precious hour can’t be taken for granted and can’t be wasted.
At-home workouts truly provide the most bang for your buck. The majority require a yoga mat, handheld weights, and two or three levelled exercise bands. That’s it. And what do you get in return? An hour or more of travel and prep time back. The freedom to exercise when you want and how you want. Timed out exercise routines so you don’t overdo it or under-do it. And most importantly? A sense of pride that you’re in charge of your health and fitness and you’re rocking it.