You can get a great workout in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you have a treadmill and a set of free weights or you've invested in a complete multi-functional home gym, having exercise equipment on hand in your own home has several benefits. As long as you have the additional space for it and can spare 20 to 30 minutes a day, a home gym can help you achieve your fitness goals without the additional hassles associated with a gym membership.
Just as getting a fresh cup of coffee at home is easier than waiting in line at a crowded and noisy coffee shop, a home gym has advantages that a gym membership doesn't. You don't have to brave the heat and the traffic to travel to your gym's location, for example. In addition to commute time, working out at a gym can be even more time consuming, especially if you have to wait for a machine or certain equipment. If you engage in conversation with a fellow gym member, it can take time away from your workout as well. With such distractions, you might not be able to get effective rest periods. Ideally, your rest period between exercises and sets should fall somewhere between 30 to 90 seconds, according to an interview with Joe Stankowski, C.P.T., in "Men's Fitness."
If you're the type of person who would rather take on your workouts alone and in peace, home gyms can be much more motivating than a crowded gym. At the gym, there are many more distractions in terms of people, noises, variety of equipment, etc. Having a home gym means you can layout and organize your workouts according to your own specific needs, allowing you to complete exercises from start to finish with better focus.
Gyms can be an incubator for germs. In close quarters, germs are easily spread from surface to surface and not everyone stays away from the gym when they are sick. A nasty Norovirus, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain, can survive at least a month on the surface of exercise machines, according to "Fitness Magazine." Therefore, you can minimize contact with various disease-causing germs by simply staying in and working out in your own home gym. You can better control the cleanliness of your workout space.
Ongoing gym membership fees and sign-up fees aren't exactly cheap. Many times, gyms require you to sign up for a yearly membership. If you move or just don't use the gym membership and want to cancel, you may be slapped with another fee. While equipment and home gyms aren't always cheap, it's a one time investment. You pay for the equipment and it's yours. This can save you money in the long run compared to paying for a monthly gym membership. You could even buy some gently used pieces of equipment at reasonable prices.
Saves on Gas
Not everyone has a gym within walking distance of their home. With the high cost of gas these days, your simple trips to the gym can add up. By having your own home gym, you could save a significant amount of cash on gas and minimize wear and tear on your vehicle.