As gyms around the country closed during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, workout fans found themselves at home with no way to get their usual exercise. This drove up online sales of home gym equipment, with thousands of people finding space in their houses to set up a home gym.
Now that some gyms have reopened, many people have opted to continue working out from home as it offers several benefits. Here are a few:
No scheduling conflicts
Many people do not make the most of a gym subscription because of conflicting priorities at work and home, leaving them available to work out when gyms are closed. Since plenty of parents have had to adapt to online schooling, they cannot leave their homes to go to a gym with their children unsupervised.
A home gym is available when you are, meaning that time cannot restrict whether you get to exercise. With no more scheduling excuses, you are likely to work out more often in your home gym than you would at another one. Best of all, you maximize your workout time as there is no drive to and from the gym that takes up time you could spend exercising.
A family affair
A home gym lets you make fitness a family activity and a way of spending quality time together. Working out together is ideal time for catching up with each other or spending time in companionable silence. The shared enjoyment of completing a workout will create a bond between you and the people you share it with.
If you have children, research the safety and appropriateness of allowing them to use your home gym equipment. Find creative ways to get your kids involved in exercising, as by teaching them a healthy habit like this early on, you are preparing them for adulthood that includes fitness as a priority.
Capitalize on savings
By investing in home gym equipment, you save on membership fees and transportation costs associated with a gym membership. It might take a while to realize these savings after the initial expenditure of investing in gym equipment.
Put this money to good use by putting it into savings for an emergency or a fun family vacation when things return to normal after COVID-19. This financial relief could be your saving grace as the cost of living seems to be rising faster than people’s incomes.
If you envisioned a home gym needing several pieces of equipment and occupying plenty of space, this is not necessarily the case. Buyers can choose between many machines, most of which offer more than one function.
A review on Geekshealth.com shines a light on different gym equipment and how to stock your home gym using the available space to maximum benefit for your fitness goals. Comparing various pieces of equipment and their prices allow you to make informed purchasing decisions. Knowing what you want to get out of your equipment and how much space you have for gym equipment helps narrow down the choices.
Exercise on your terms
Many people do not like going to a gym because they are self-conscious about their bodies or do not have workout clothes that blend in with other members. It is hard to remain focused when you feel that everyone is looking at you.
You might not enjoy working out at the gym because of the loud music that does not suit your tastes. While you might be able to wear headphones and play your preferred tunes at the gym, working out at home has the advantage of allowing you to catch up on your favorite TV series, take in a movie or watch the news.