I’ve had a gym membership for many years now, and just recently I’ve changed my ways to accommodate a needy puppy—needy of affection. She misbehaves and becomes quite anxious when left alone hence I now arrange my scheduled around whoever’s home. With that said, I haven't managed to go to the gym since she’s joined the family—which was February of this year. In response, I’ve had to learn to love working-out at home & going on jogs with her (These are always a challenge as these are more like sprints and sniffing sessions than jogs.)
The learning curve has been a bit of a steep slope for me given that I LOVE going to the gym—I love the atmosphere. I love the energy. (I kind of feed off of other’s energy and competitive spirit). I also love that there are soooo many equipment options; I love the sauna; I kind of enjoy the steam room; and I especially LOVE the variety of exercise class options.
Given that there are so many facets to love about the gym, finding inspiration to workout at home has been a bit challenging, but I’ve managed. To help me along I developed a pros and cons list for both the gym and home workouts. Here they are:
Pros & Cons of Workingout at Home
· The flexibility of being able workout—whenever!
· Grunting without feeling self-conscious (Yes…I grunt…and not very daintily.)
· Affordable classes—by way of home videos
· No pressure to look good—or rather having the option of looking as good as you want
· Staying home with Penny
· Time—sometimes having too much flexibility is a bad thing because you end up putting it off, and putting it off, and finally never getting around to it.
· My grunting is heard by Ryan & that makes me feel a bit self-conscious
· Allergies! Running outside in the morning when the air is most fragrant and filled of pollen really does wonders for my allergies.
· Cost of buying equipment and storing it. My first dumbbell set purchase was a bit of a shock to me—they cost me ~$30 and were originally pried at $70—that’s crazy! The original price is almost as much as a full year gym membership at my gym. Once it arrived I realized that these were always in the way and making them blend in anywhere was nearly impossible. Now, I prefer them to be stored away—out of sight out of mind sort of thing.
· It’s easy not to finish a home workout video…URGH!! This annoys me to no end about myself. I get to a point of serious shaking or pain and my motivation to finish declines substantially. (Anyone have any suggestions for overcoming such notions.
Pros & Cons of Using a Gym
· Las Vegas Athletic Club is my gym and it is open 24/7—so it’s quite convenient
· I just love picking up a morning milkshake on my way home after a long run—an option I don’t usually go for at home.
· Equipment readily available--no need to purchase or put it away!!
· Motivation from others
· Gas—trips back and forth cost a bit of money considering how far it is from our home.
· Time – it’s about 15 to 20 mins to every available option. When you'er strapped for time every little bit matters.
· Time away from Penny
While it may seem that I am opposed to working-out at home, when I weigh the importance of each item on each list, the cons of using a gym are much more discouraging to me than staying at home and resisting the urge to turn off a workout video.
What motivates you to workout? Where do you prefer to workout?