As I type this, I have gone to the gym for two and a half years (consistently, and a few months here and there otherwise) and there is no doubt that it is gymming which made me lose all those 20+ kgs. However, around three months back I shifted to working out at home (a review on the workout I did is next up) and I shall never return to the gym again. Why?
1.The lazy (and busy) person’s best friend
If you are as lazy as me, nothing beats it when you just have to walk a few steps to start working out! There’s no excuse of ‘who’ll go so far’ because your gym is your living room or your own bedroom.
2. Most comfortable attire
I usually worked out in my boxers and a night suit t-shirt. No more matching clothes and fussing over what to wear, just wear shoes straight out of bed and you’re set.
Clicked in May 2016
3. More productivity
You are actually working out ALL the time. No waiting for machines, finding dumbbells, looking for a spot or a bench, waiting after reps. You’re on your tips through out and working out and not wasting any time.
4. Less time
Most of us are super busy with college or jobs and it is fantastic if you are one of those few who are actually making an effort to exercise, home workouts save a lot of time since there’s no transit to the gym and the workouts are also 30-60 minutes roughly. This saves the 1.5-2 hours you usually spend at gym and then travel back and forth. Moreover, you can even workout while travelling with no additional costs involved!
From yoga to HIIT to weights, you can do anything you want under one roof at your own speed. Group classes can sometimes be competitive and exclusive classes here and there in different centres can be expensive, so you do a workout of your choice in your own comfort zone. Like I could finally do HIIT properly unlike being the only one doing it in the hall in the gym. You can check out the programs by Beachbody (one of the leading companies) here. I have completed Insanity Max 30 and have completed a week of Insanity.
6. Break the monotony
No more monotonous routines of ‘a few minutes of cardio followed by weights and then stretching’. If you are doing a home workout program online, it is usually 60-90 days. Apart from that even if you are doing workouts from YouTube, every workout is very different and you get to do something new everyday instead of just lifting weights.
7. Strengthening on your own body weight
Of course just because you have to burn that fat doesn’t mean you have to do only cardio (check weight loss myths), and I thought how would I manage building lean muscle without actually lifting weights. Surprisingly, home workouts gave me better defined muscles than conventional weight lifting! That’s because you are building muscles by resisting against your own body weight (plank jacks, push-up jacks, downward dogs, spider lunges, etc all in a speedy manner without compromising form). Its harder to work on your own body weight and that’s what makes it extremely challenging, and gives great results too.
Note : The above is for lean muscle and fat loss, if you are looking to become bulky you would need to lift weights.
So what I would personally suggest is to do home workouts if you just cannot manage to take out time for gym, or join the gym, lose a little fat, and define your body more with these workouts.
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