First and foremost, this is NOT a “I hate the local gym” post. It is simply the reasons I workout at home. If you are an active member of a gym then I applaud you. I am glad you are taking your health and fitness seriously.
I have a simple, yet amazing, home gym. Here’s a picture:
As you can see I have a Soloflex, a Total Gym, and a Cardio Fit bike. On these three pieces of equipment I can exercise every muscle group with the same efficiency and results as professional gym equipment. The Soloflex is really all I need but I have the others because some exercises are easier to perform on them.
So, why would anyone want to join a gym? The ONLY reasons I can think of are space and/or the opportunity to work with a trainer. Some people may not have a good space in their home or apartment to accommodate exercise equipment and some may want assistance from a personal trainer.
My reasons for NOT joining a gym are as follows:
Time Saver: I like the Convenience of my Home Gym
Time is precious and working out from home is a major time saver. You have to have something in you that I don’t have to get up, get dressed, and head to a gym (OR stop by on your way home from work). I once was a member of Gold’s Gym. I loved the equipment but I hated having to drive myself to it each day. Yes, I am just that lazy. Because my workouts are usually around 40 minutes it is easier to do it from home. By the time I got my stuff together, drove to the gym, checked in, changed in the locker room, worked out, showered, got dressed and drove back home I would have used almost 2 hours. That’s just too much for me.
Now, I simply throw on an old t-shirt and some shorts and step out into my garage and start. 40 minutes later I am in the shower. It is all over in about an hour.
Psychology: I am More Motivated to Workout at Home
Some experts tell us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. And habits are hard to create especially if the new habit has more than a few steps. Getting ready and driving to a gym are more steps to have to make to make working out a habit. It is very easy to talk yourself out of going to the gym. VERY easy! I mastered that!
I surpassed the 21 day mark quite some time ago. It is far easier to stay motivated when I can see my equipment. You can’t see the gym from home. So as the old expression goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” So true. Working out is now a precious habit for me.
Results: I See Weekly Changes
I literally went from this:
in about 5 weeks.
Because I workout 5 days a week, the results are there to see. I look at the first picture and all I see is that huge stomach. The picture doesn’t show how bad I felt much of the time. Now I feel great EVERY day!
I love seeing these changes. At 56 it is very inspiring and motivating to actually see the positive changes in my body. This makes me want to keep doing it and continue investing that 40 minutes each day. I have far more energy and stamina so I never have the “too tired” excuse.
If I joined a gym I wouldn’t go as often and the results would be slower.
Depression: The Gym is a Discouraging Place
I always thought that I would see nicely shaped hard bodies at the gym. And there are a few. A very few! But most people I saw were fat and poorly shaped. I thought seeing lots of hard bodies would motivate me to work harder. But so many people at the gym look like they need to join a gym (ha ha). It is too depressing for me. It is my psychological hangup, I know. But if I see out of shape people at the gym then I believe that there isn’t much hope. I mean, if all these people frequent the gym and still look tired and fat, then what’s the use?
I am now inspired by pictures of 50-somethings that have really taken care of their bodies. Seeing that you can look and feel good after 50 inspires me to press on.
Privacy: Need I Say More
To me, working out is a private thing. I mean, why on earth would I want to drag my tub of lard belly into a public place? Also, I know people gawk at me at the gym. I know this because I gawk at them. So I become too conscientious if lots of people are at the gym. I know many are looking at me and thinking, “Yeesh, what a tub of lard he has on his waists!”
At home it is just me. There is no one to impress but me. I can workout my way for my reasons. I can focus on the exercises rather than some goomer gawking at me. And, my friends, if you are trying to lose weight, shape up, lower cholesterol, and get in better overall health, then you need complete FOCUS! No distractions. You need to work hard for 30 to 40 minutes with no excuses. That’s all it takes.
So, I hope this post has given you a reason to workout. For me, it is best to workout at home. If you’d like some tips on how to create a home gym and an exercise program simply contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Concluding Thought
I do indeed workout 5 days a week (sometimes 6). I do a hard, heavy weight training approach. But that doesn’t mean that is what you should do. Each of us have different goals and different reasons for wanting to be in better health or better shape.
There is one thing, though, that we all have in common. We each have a need, especially if we are over 50, for excellent nutrition. When my doctor wanted to put me on statins for my cholesterol I simply refused. I know what statins do to the liver and joints. It is dangerous drug. I choose to lower my cholesterol in natural ways and I have succeeded.
What are these natural ways?
- Proper Diet
- Nutritional Supplementation
Obviously when you are over 50 there tend to be more issues than high cholesterol. I have found that the best defense against the “issues of aging” is excellent nutritional supplementation.
If you have 2 minutes let me encourage you to watch the video below. It is information that changed my health in more than one way. After viewing the video, please email me with questions at email@example.com or call me directly at 404-933-0418.
Tony Guthrie, PhD.
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