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Getting fit can be easier than you think, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are now plenty of low-cost gyms all over the country, with no contracts so you don’t have to commit to a long period if you find that the gym isn’t for you. Many classes are usually included too, and some even have fancy extras, like popular infrared saunas. But if the gym’s not your thing, or if you’re struggling to fit workouts in around a busy work, social, and family life, then exercising at home can be a more convenient alternative. Here are some of the pros and cons of working out at the gym, compared to exercising at home, so you can decide which environment fits your needs, routine, and budget best.
What are the benefits of exercising at the gym?
Of course there are a few drawbacks to going to the gym, like the cost of your membership, the hassle of trying to squeeze sessions into a busy routine, and people who don’t follow gym etiquette, which can all make working out at home seem like the better option.
What are the benefits of exercising at home?
There are lots of advantages to working out at home, but it might not suit everyone. People who struggle to motivate themselves and find excuses not to workout may find it better to go to the gym. Some may also get bored working out at home if they don’t have enough variety and equipment to use. And of course, there’s the issue of space. You don’t need loads of room to workout at home, but it can be tricky to fit a treadmill or other large pieces of equipment in a small flat.
What else can I do to get fit?
If the gym isn't for you, and you find it hard to motivate yourself at home, there are plenty of other things you can do to get active. Doing 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is enough to keep you feeling fit and healthy. Or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. You can get fit at the gym, your local sports centre, at home, or even at the park. The important thing is to choose activities you enjoy, that will increase your chances of making it a habit.