The way in which we live and work constantly changes. This, of course, has an impact on how and where we exercise.
As fitness becomes a trend in many states, it is interesting how foreigners who have traveled to America for years, will note that “Americans are less obese these days and more in shape”, albeit that it is a perception.
There is the assumption that folks living out of town or in the suburbs are more inclined to use home gyms. This is because they have more space and that people in cities are more typical users of public gyms. However, this is not always the case as we will discuss – as the shortage of time and people’s quest to free up time changes the picture.
Home gyms are becoming more sophisticated these days. It is also not surprising, given the increased competition between retailers and manufacturers, that equipment prices are entirely reasonable for many brands.
With constant innovation, multi-gyms now provide the ability to exercise more muscle groups using a lot less space – and that makes it more attractive also for people with less space.
If we discuss the cumulative benefits of using a home gym, one should ask the question, are there any negatives?
Well, it depends on whether you are transitioning to a home gym, or starting from scratch. But if you follow professional guidelines from a physiotherapist or personal trainer along with manufacturers guidelines, it eliminates many potential negatives.
There is a wealth of information out there, even in the form of Youtube videos by some of the world’s leading fitness professionals.
Now, let’s consider all the reasons why a home gym can be more advantageous:
Reducing travel time:
For many busy people, traveling even 15 minutes to the gym and spending 10 minutes going through the additional formalities of parking, is not feasible. It means an additional 150 hours of travel and prepping over the course of a year – which is essentially money down the drain.
As we become wiser about how time is lost or gained over longer periods, we tend to cut back on time-wasting activities.
What other ways could put back more time on your clock?
Using a home gym over a public facility will do just that.
The strong link between mental health and exercise:
Mental health is to be a priority as much as physical health. Research suggests there is a strong link between the two. Whether it is to reduce the harmful effects of depression, anxiety or other challenges related to mental health – a home gym may very well be an additional ace up your sleeve.
Less bacteria, less consequences:
Yes, public spaces are great from a cost-sharing perspective – think about the sharing economy. However, it is also true that the spreading of all sorts of bacteria happens more in these spaces.
Imagine: people from all over the world land in London and New York, take the metro, disembark and walk straight into the gym.
Often, the same shoes they used in the metro is used in the gym. You may, therefore, improve the way in which you deal with a range of bacterial issues, affecting dermatology and issues related to the immune system.
Eliminating more excuses:
As travel time and other issues affect our ability to visit the gym, it is an opportunity the subconscious mind can leverage for an excuse.
By having a home gym, you literally eliminate a string of possible excuses that will ultimately mean you get down to the business of improving your health and wellbeing.
You do not have to be an elitist to value privacy. Not everyone likes to be in a place where folks take steroids, act in a super competitive way, admire themselves and look at you in the mirrors as you make your move.
Off course there are also those who use the gym as a means to date and socialize – and you might not need that at all. Working out at home means total privacy and more “me time”.
How about using both home and public gyms?
It is interesting that many people make use of both a home gym and public gym. There are certain exercises that require large, specialist equipment that is more expensive.
You might not need to use it, but let’s imagine you are fixing an hernia or other injuries that require equipment you do not have at home?
Or let’s imagine you still like using the pool and sauna at times?
It is therefore common to still use a public gym to use this equipment once or twice per week, whilst using the pool or other facilities – or popping in for yoga, salsa or boxing class.
In addition to all this: many see it as a luxury of using other equipment at home for exercises, they do not want to do in public. After all, not all gym users like to show off or do supersets where everyone can see them.
Should you get a gym for your house ? Well, it depends on if you see this as a luxury or necessity. After considering the above, one may well regard it as a very necessary item.
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