Taking the first step towards living a healthy lifestyle is a very rewarding feeling, but it can also be a bit daunting. There are a lot of choices to make and there is a certain pressure that comes with maintaining a fitness schedule, but when you work out at home, you make the transition a whole lot easier.
A huge benefit of exercising at home is eliminating the cost of a gym membership. Nowadays, the average membership cost is $50 a month, which totals to $600 a year. This is also without the registration fee or the annual fee. Registration fees are usually not advertised and will sometimes be “discounted” for the sake of getting the customer excited about paying less to join, but according to US News, the cost of the gym to start your membership is around $3, way less than you would be paying. Annual fees, on the other hand, are paid once a year, every year, and technically increase the cost of the gym per month. For example, if the annual fee is $84, then you would be paying an extra $7 a month every year. NPR reports that gyms do what they can to convince people to buy into annual contracts even when they know those people won’t show up, and you don’t want to fall into the trap of paying not to go to the gym.
Unless the gym is right next door, you would also have to factor the cost of commuting into your fitness budget. This also includes the time it takes to get there from home or work, or to go from the gym to another place if you go out often. If you were to make your home the central place where you get in your workout routines, the convenience of being able to work around your schedule is too big to ignore.
When you work out from home, you may fear missing the company that comes with being present at a gym, but forgoing the gym costs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fitness community. Social media is extremely helpful in connecting people with shared interests, and if you share your workout regimen, a local community could reach out and ask you to join. Another way of finding a fitness community online is through MyFitnessPal or, if you already have the products, Fitbit has an active and engaging online community.
In fact, even if your plan was to work out alone, it may be a good idea to invite some friends, instead. In a study published by The Journal of American Osteopathic Association, a group of 69 medical students reported an improvement in mental, physical, and emotional quality after working out together for twelve weeks. There was also a whopping 26.2% reduction in perceived stress levels, meaning that exercising with others can even help manage your stress levels and increase your overall happiness.
Whether you’re new to the fitness world or you’ve been involved for years, there’s no reason for you to break the bank when trying to get in a workout. If you want to get started at home but you’re accustomed to equipment, try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) from Pamela Rf, Group HIIT, and HASfit — and don’t forget to invite a friend for the full benefits.