The pandemic put a new emphasis on the home workout. Even though gyms have been reopening with new safety measures, there are still many occasions in which you may need to work out from home for a while.
For instance, you may need to quarantine after traveling for work or being exposed to someone with the virus. You may even simply find that the gym is so busy that you don’t want to be there every day.
If you find yourself in a personal quarantine bubble for a couple of weeks or you don’t want to face the gym crowds, you can still workout from home. In fact, this isn’t even a downgrade. It’s just a different way to get some exercise — a way that comes with many of its own benefits.
Here are a few of the biggest benefits that come with working out at home.
Home Workouts Are Safer
While gyms aren’t necessarily hotspots for infection, it doesn’t change the fact that a home gym is just plain better for your health. You aren’t breathing the same air or touching the same surfaces as others. And you don’t have to clean off the equipment every single time you use it, either.
Home Workouts Are More Comfortable
Along with being safer, home workouts also offer a greater level of comfort. Your environment is familiar at home. You can wear whatever clothing you want to, as well. You even get to use your own shower at the end of the deal.
Home Workouts Are More Convenient
One of the most obvious benefits of working out at home is the convenience factor. The ordeal of getting ready, packing your gym bag, driving to the gym, working out, waiting for machines to come free, locating a place to cool down, and eventually needing to drive home again can require a lot of effort. Driving can be particularly time-consuming and even unnecessarily risky if you live far away from the gym or in an area where it isn’t safe to drive often due to bad weather or general unsafe drivers.
Home Workouts Save Money
The financial savings of not going to the gym are paramount. Cutting out a recurring bill that costs anywhere from a dozen to a hundred dollars or more each month can quickly add up to significant savings. Of course, you still need to purchase your own equipment. But if you can do this in a frugal manner, you can still come out ahead before long.
Home Workouts Are Flexible
Home workouts provide a uniquely flexible way to stay fit. Since they don’t require as much prep or wind-down time, they are much easier to fit into the cracks. This allows you to work out on days when a longer trip to the gym may not be feasible. It also enables you to split your workout up over multiple shorter sessions.
Home Workouts Help You Clean and De-stress
Most of these benefits have to do with fitness, finances, and convenience. However, your home and your mind also do well out of the home workout deal, too.
For instance, your house will naturally stay less messy when you need to maintain a consistent space to workout. As you set up and organize your home equipment, you’ll need to keep the surrounding area clean for regular use. In addition, it’s been shown that decluttering and organizing your space naturally improves focus and reduces stress and anxiety that can develop when you have too many visual distractions.
Home Workouts Remove Uncomfortable Competition
Like it or not, working out at the gym can be an insecure experience. There’s nothing quite like exercising next to a hulking bruizer to deflate your self-esteem. At home, you don’t have to worry about distractions and insecurities of this nature. The only competition you have is yourself. Even if you aren’t insecure, the quiet environment can naturally lead to better concentration than what you get when you’re surrounded by a crowd of gym rats.
Home Workouts Don’t Require Earbuds
Finally, if you workout at home, you don’t have to wear earbuds the whole time. If you’re a podcast fan or a music fanatic, you have to keep your audible activities to yourself while you’re working out. Not so at home. You can blast that workout mix as loud as you want as you hustle in your home workout setup.
Finding Solace in Your Home workouts
There are plenty of reasons to want to get back to the gym. However, it’s important that you don’t lose sight of the benefits that a good home workout can offer, too.
If your situation doesn’t warrant consistent trips to your local fitness center, that’s okay. You can still steer into the home workout option. As you do so, stay aware of the benefits and keep your eyes fixed on the prize: sustainable, long-term health.