Benefits of a Home Gym

Strength training should be an essential part of your weekly exercise regimen.  According to the American Heart Association, “in the hierarchy of health pursuits, building stronger muscles is near the very top.”  Exercising at least a couple of times each week on a home gym is an excellent way to achieve stronger muscles!

Of course, you could always join a local fitness club and promise yourself that you’ll go faithfully to the gym to work out.  Nonetheless, there are several good reasons to have your very own home gym!

Among the reasons to have a home gym are:
• Convenience
• Privacy
• Motivation to exercise regularly
• Cost effectiveness
• Health

Convenience

In a fast-paced society such as ours, making time to exercise can take some effort.  Many individuals who have gym memberships simply throw away their membership fees.  They get so busy that they rarely (if ever) take advantage of the gym.  If and when these folks DO make it to the gym, there’s no guarantee that the strength-training equipment will be immediately available for use. 

Those who own home gyms do not have to travel to exercise.  Having the equipment so easily accessible saves time and makes it easier to fit workouts into an already busy schedule.  Home gyms also eliminate the risk of having to wait for a turn on the equipment. 

Privacy

Public gyms typically line up fitness machines side-by-side with little space between the machines.  This usually means sharing exercise rooms and equipment with other gym members who also come to work out at the same time. 

Some people are not self-conscious and do not mind exercising in a crowded public health club.  Others, however, may avoid going to the gym simply because they ARE self-conscious.  They may feel that other people constantly stare at them and silently scrutinize the way they look or how they exercise.  Such individuals often imagine that they are always on display.

Home gyms allow workouts in the privacy of your home.  If you’re a bit shy or self-conscious, you never have to miss a workout because you fear being watched or evaluated by complete strangers.

Motivation to Exercise Regularly

Are you more likely to exercise if you have the tools within reach at home?  Research has indicated that people who buy home exercise equipment are more likely to start exercising than people who do not own any fitness equipment.  Whether these people continue to exercise regularly depends greatly upon their personal levels of motivation and dedication.

Realistically, if you are someone who has always lacked motivation to exercise, most likely you would be wasting money if you bought a home gym.  By the same token, if you are truly motivated to get into shape and to stay in shape, having a home gym can improve your motivation to exercise regularly. 

Cost Effectiveness

The cost of gym memberships can add up month after month and year after year.  Traveling to and from the gym can result in additional costs.  Buying your own home gym may initially seem expensive, but in the long run, you can actually save money.

Home gyms sell for as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as a few thousand dollars.  Certainly, the more the machine costs, the higher the quality is apt to be.  A decent home gym should last for many years, even through lots of regular use, thus making such an investment worthwhile and cost effective.

Health

Strength training is essential to good health.  A home gym is a great resource to have for engaging in routine strength-training workouts.

Strength training builds strong muscles, improves heart health, promotes weight loss, helps prevent bone loss, protects the joints and back, and helps fight free radicals.  Building muscle strength creates a leaner, tighter body and improves looks.  Strong muscles also improve mental functions and boost the energy level.  Regular strength training contributes to overall good health!

Home gyms can provide other health benefits, as well.  For instance, even though public gyms stress the importance of wiping down fitness machines with antibacterial cleaners after each use, there is no guarantee that everyone will do so.  As a result, bad bacteria and viruses may be spread among gym members through the sharing of these units.  Having a home gym, on the other hand, may greatly reduce the spread of disease.

Yes, strength training should be an important part of your fitness program!  A home gym is a great fitness machine to help you achieve a stronger, leaner, fitter physique! 

Written by Cyndi Waters, Fitness Researcher and Writer

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