|Sometime working out at home can spell disaster|
I'm considering investing in gym membership. I'm feeling the itch of wanting to be with others and the motivation it brings. Also with me being a stay-at-home mom and home schooling teacher -- I'm home most of the time -- this outing would do me some good. Well, I thought I would list here the pros and cons of either staying at home or working out at a gym.
I joined several all-women fitness gyms in the past but ultimately they always lacked the equipment and classes of the big box gyms. This time, I'm planning on going co-ed with a bigger 24 hour fitness facility.
Pros of Working Out @ home (my eight pros):
- FREE, FREE, FREE
- You don't have to leave the house
- Workout on your own time frame
- Free workout videos on-line and a plethora of my own workout DVDs
- Wear what you want
- No competition or crowds
- Don't have to wait to use my home treadmill, bike, elliptical
- Can watch on TV what you want and listen to music you want to listen to
Cons of Working Out @ home (my seven cons):
- You "ALONE" have to push yourself -- at home I don't push myself like I would at a gym
- Don't have the encouragement from a trainer or workout buddy
- When the bed calls your name to stay in -- it's easier to agree with it
- Interruptions from family and things like the telephone
- Don't have the gym equipment or the "LIVE" fitness classes
- No competition
- Workouts can become boring and monotonous
Big box gym facilities
Pros to Working out @ a Gym (my 6 pros):
- Trainers there to help you with your fitness goals
- Lots of motivation -- or should I say competition from others
- Plenty of exercise equipment all in one place
- Classes that will cut out boredom and keep you focused
- Some open 24 hours for your convenience
- Great outing when you work from home or need to get away from home
Cons to Working out @ a Gym (my six cons):
- Can be pricey (especially if you are working with a trainer)
- If co-ed, you have to deal with people who are there for "show"
- May have to wait for equipment or a class may be too full
- Sweaty seats and equipment -- and towels left all over the place
- Some locations may not be 24hr and even if they are some classes you're interested in may not start when you need them
Whatever I decide to do, I want to make sure that I'm at a place where I'm not under a contract. I want to have the option to pay as I go. Thankfully there are a lot of places that offer this. It would probably be good as well to jump right in at the beginning of the year -- in order to get a great deal. I'm sure I will be there with those who are making "New Years resolutions." But after around February or March -- the crowds will subside. Hopefully not -- hopefully people will continue to make a decision to put themselves first and do something wonderful with their bodies,
Until next time...
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