It’s common knowledge that regular exercise helps you looks great and feel great. But why join a gym when you can just workout at home or in the neighborhood? Here are some surprising reasons why a gym membership can help you achieve your goals.
1. Get much-needed space if you live in an apartment.
Living in an apartment has its perks, such as keeping your glutes in shape when you have to scale multiple flights of stairs every day. But you may not have the space to do at-home workouts. And even if you have the space, chances are that your floor is a neighbor’s ceiling. That means no plyometrics to get your heart rate up or working out late at night/early in the morning.
2. Eliminate dozens of distractions at home.
Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s trying to catch up on a week’s worth of laundry or there’s a new season of your favorite show on Netflix, somehow exercise becomes last on your to-do list. Even if you have the intention to workout at home after a long day, 9 times out of 10 your plans crumble before you do your first crunch. Going to the gym puts your in the workout zone. Sure, there are still TVs to watch and your phone attached to your hip, but at least you’re jogging while watching “Jeopardy.”
If you plan to work out after work, make sure that you have everything you need with you at the beginning of your date. Stopping home before the gym means you’re less likely to complete your workout.
3. Gym memberships allow you to spice up your workout.
Home gyms are expensive. Even workout videos require you to have niche equipment laying around your home. Do you prefer running because you live in an apartment the size of a postage stamp? New England weather is adamant about making outdoor running miserable for the majority of the year. Doing just cardio won’t give you the results you want; not to mention, you need to switch up your workouts once in a while. Gym memberships give you access to a plethora of different equipment and classes. For example, Boost Fitness memberships offer unlimited classes and use of our facilities for $19.99+/month.
4. You actually make time for “me time”.
Blocking out your schedule to workout is a lot easier when you have to be a certain place at a particular time. Working out shouldn’t be a chore; it should be the piece of your day when you focus solely on yourself. How is your body feeling? Which areas need some extra attention? If you’re sore, have a deep stretch in Group Centergy. If you need to punch out stress from a long day, try Group Fight. Going to the gym gives you that alone time you crave.
5. You’re less likely to quit in the middle of a workout.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried exercising at home to some type of workout video (e.g. DVDs, YouTube, etc.). Keep your hand up if you’ve ever turned off that video before your workout was finished. Trust us–we’ve been there, too, countless times. Some days it’s because we’re tired, while other days we’d rather spend our precious free moments doing anything but push-ups. No matter what the infomercial promised you, you’re a lot less likely to get results if you don’t stick to the workout program. And working out in your living room gets boring fast. Join a gym with group fitness classes that your favorite videos are based off of. We guarantee you’re a lot less likely to give up in the middle of Zumba if you have to weave your way out of a crowd rather than click a button on your remote.
6. You’re joining a community.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have friends and family who support their weight loss or fitness goals. It’s hard to convince your significant other to end a big meal with a walk instead of dessert. Joining a gym gives you access to like-minded people who have similar goals as you. Chatting with someone at the squat rack might help you find a new gym buddy. Not much of a talker? Not to worry. Everyone is working on becoming the best version of themselves. No one is going to judge you for trying out a new exercise or how much weight you’re lifting.
7. Gyms are safer than working out alone.
In general, working out with other people is safer than working out alone. There’s a couple of different ways to think about this. First things first, you’re in an enclosed space with cameras and witnesses. That’s not something you’re privy to when jogging on a trail by yourself. While there are benefits of running outside, getting your miles in on a treadmill is much safer. Do you lift weights? Sometimes we can be over ambitious and may need a spotter to come to the rescue.