Over the pandemic, there are many things that we have become accustomed to doing at home. These include working, video calling, and of course, exercising.
Home workouts became one of the new ‘in’ things during the pandemic, especially during the months when gyms were closed and our only means of working off those calories was either going out for a run or transforming either our living room or bedroom into a home gym.
As many of us aren’t comfortable with going out for a run on our own, especially early in the morning or late at night, working out at home was our only choice.
This meant investing in yoga mats, effective yet storage-friendly equipment and, likely, booting up a HIIT workout video on YouTube or two. It wasn’t easy getting used to this new way of working out but, soon, we were all on board with it.
We found that we could stay fit without breaking the bank on a gym membership.
So, why are we being told that we need to go back to the gym?
Back to Normality
Whether you choose to go back to the gym is completely up to you. For some, going out to the gym motivates them to work hard and to focus on their regime, whereas they may struggle when trying to work up a sweat at home with the sofa and fridge just a few steps away. For others, it may be because they simply do not have adequate space at home to workout, or they aren’t keen on putting gym equipment on top of carpet flooring.
Heading to the gym is a habit for many who work this into their usual daily routine, either going before or after work. It also offers the opportunity to get out which, for those of whom continue to work from home, is potentially a welcome escape.
Where are you most likely to reap the benefits of a flexible workout? You might immediately answer that question with the gym, where you will find a plethora of the latest gym equipment, such as treadmills, cross-trainers, weight machines and more, but that may not be the case. At the gym, especially during peak hours, you can be standing around waiting for a while for that one piece of equipment to become free.
At home, your equipment is yours and yours alone – that means you can use whatever you want, whenever you want. If you fancy burning off calories on the bike, you can jump on the bike, if you feel like pumping some iron, all you have to do is pull the dumbbells out. Of course, it all comes down to the type of equipment you have, or does it?
Many home workout programmes show how you can work all parts of the body without any equipment at all. That means getting in a rigorous full-body workout without the need to using multiple types of, potentially expensive, gym equipment.
Is a Gym Membership Worth It?
Whether or not a gym membership is dependent on your personal situation. If you have become accustomed to working out at home and continue to enjoy doing so, then why pay for a membership? If you like the gym experience and feel that this works for you, then a gym membership is for you.