Benefits of having a home gym

When it comes to fitness and healthy lifestyles, the home gym a rapidly growing trend. From a single exercise machine to a room filled with fitness training equipment, there are so many options out there, and for almost all budgets. But before you cancel your gym membership and start purchasing fitness machines, consider the following:

Gym contract or home gym

Having a gym contract is a great way to force you to go to gym, because most gyms these days charge extra if your contract is not used. This transforms a normal gym fee into a penalty system, thus hitting your pocket and at the same time reminding you that you are not taking your fitness seriously. While the gym is a great way to incorporate socialisation with fitness as well as offer professional fitness supervision, having a home gym is a much more convenient way of doing it. Not only do you save on gym fees (once the equipment if paid off of course), but you don’t have to fight anyone for the good machines: you own them.

Home Gym

Benefits of having a home gym

Let’s start by saying that most working people in South Africa gym between 5:00 and 8:00 in the morning and 16:00 and 19:00 in the evening. So, unless you are taking lunch to hit the fitness centre, you’re contending with dozens of other people for the machines. The home gym instantly eradicates this problem. Secondly, you don’t have to sit in traffic to get to your home gym, just to get home. This shaves off half the time you spend stop-starting before and after work. it also allows your family to join the fitness regime, making gym time family time too. Furthermore, you can wear any clothing and types of shoes you choose to. The rules are yours to make. It also allows you to multitask, to talk on the phone as audibly as you need to without insulting your neighbour, even read any book you want to without people raising an eyebrow. The benefits are near limitless. All you’re missing out on is a trainer, and with the amount of information out there, you can do your research and you’ll be good to go.

Types of home gym equipment

Most like to start with a small fitness studio and build on. You can’t very well purchase a treadmill, elliptical walker and rowing machine all in one month. Start small and build up. For instance, buy yourself a mat and some weights during the first month. Then visit a fitness store and have a look at the equipment on offer.

One of the greatest things about this is that the wear and tear of the equipment is all yours — you don’t have to deal with other people ‘renting’ gym space and damaging the machines. Hygiene is also a consideration here, and you will be able to maintain the cleanliness of your machine without worrying about what other people may have done to it (especially when the season turns sneezy).

 Home Gym Equipment

Must-haves:

The following are a must for consideration when installing your home gym:

Sound systems

Yet another benefit of the home gym is that you can listen to absolutely anything you want, at whatever volume you so choose.  Get your heart racing and your blood pumping to your music of choice and have fun while you do it. After all, who’s going to complain?

Determination:

It’s a very convenient thing to have the gym at home, and it’s all too easy to procrastinate that you’ll exercise tomorrow, or next week Monday. Or the 1st day of the year… Remember that you have invested in the equipment, and in turn invested in your own health and fitness. For at least 20 minutes a day, utilise your home gym.

Sources: www.aboutbuildingmuscle.com, www.njamworld.com, www.sythix.com

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