Losing weight and then keeping the weight off is one of the hardest things you will have to do. It requires a total change in lifestyle which is often hard to keep up once you have got down to your target weight. People often lose the weight and then start eating what they want again only to put it straight back on. Does a gym however help you lose the weight or is it cheaper and easier to do it at home?
There are some positive aspects of joining a gym, they obviously have a full range of equipment that enables you to exercise every part of your body and you can follow your workout with a swim, a Jacuzzi session or maybe some spa treatments. There is no doubting it is a much nicer experience than working out at home; you even have the option of hiring a trainer to help you lose weight quicker. When I lost weight I hired a personal trainer in Dulwich and it worked very well, I reached my target weight quicker than if I had done it myself but cost me a lot of money! Some of the negatives however are the overall cost; gym membership at a good one will set you back around £35 a month at least. You also have to travel there every day to do your work out which can be the last thing you want to do after a hard day at work. If you are self conscious about your appearance or weight then you might feel uncomfortable surrounded by toned, slim people whilst you are there trying to lose weight as well.
Working out from home is a good option, for the £35 a month that you save you can buy your own equipment. Dumbbells are very cheap; you could get a good set of those for one month’s membership at the gym, over the course of a year you would have saved a total of £420. With this money you could easily buy a rowing machine and even a multi gym to work out your shoulders, back and chest. A rowing machine is best for an all round workout, if you want to run then go out for a run, there is no point in running on a treadmill and staring at a wall when you could be in the great outdoors getting fresh air in your lungs, the same goes for cycling as well. Sit-ups and push-ups are excellent for your core strength, they should be part of your daily routine.
There are various positives and negatives but the result is that you can do everything you can do at the gym at home, and probably to a better standard in the case of cycling and running. The only negatives are that you can’t go for a swim after. The fact that you are paying £35 a month may also encourage you to go more but having to travel to the gym on a daily basis is much more hassle that just doing it at home. It is more of an individual decision, different things motivate different people.
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