Exercise: Better At Home Or At The Gym?
Where are you going to exercise? At home or at the gym? There are advantages and disadvantages to both venues. One thing is certain, however, and that is that exercise is essential to living a healthy life - both mentally and physically.
At The Gym
Exercising at the gym gives you the advantage of using all the equipment that can work for both cardiovascular exercising as well as weight training. Many gyms offer classes in just about every type of high impact and low impact workout, including aerobics and yoga. Pilates are also very popular in most of the health clubs.
In addition to the equipment, you can also relax at the health club in the saunas and hot tubs. Many clubs have swimming pools as well; no exercise on earth is as good for you as swimming as it exercises all of your muscles at once.
There are many different types of gyms and you can usually find a membership in any price range. There are small gyms that just have a handful of machines and large clubs that offer everything from wall climbing to family swimming pools.
Most health clubs have trainers or people who can help you use the machines correctly to accomplish what you want to do. This instruction is usually a free service of the health club. Gyms are definitely the ultimate way to get all of the exercise you need. They can also be a great way to meet other people.
The disadvantages of the gym is that they can be costly and many people do not want to be bothered bundling up in cold weather to go to the gym. People will usually go for a few weeks and then start tapering off. Many people pay for gym memberships that they barely use. Gym memberships can be expensive as well and many health clubs make you sign a contract to join.
Exercising at home is one way to make sure that you do not have to go out to the gym. It can also cost very little to exercise at home. You do not need a lot of fancy equipment. You can just as easily exercise using the tried and true calisthenics of yesterday. Jumping jacks can work wonders as a good cardio vascular exercise as can running in place.
As for low impact exercises, you can just as easily do these at home as you can in the gym. Stretching, Pilates and Yoga can easily be learned by watching a videotape about these exercises. You only need a small amount of room to be able to practice these exercises at home and you will not have any excuse not to do them.
Probably one of the best reasons for exercising at home is the fact that you do not have to worry about people watching you work out. Many people are self conscious about their weight and wearing work out clothes in front of other people. Exercising in the privacy of your home can be the best remedy to someone who is worried about exercising in front of others.
The cons about exercising at home are that you do not have access tot the best equipment and will not get advice on how to exercise from trainers. You will also not be able to meet anyone, this could be good or bad, however.
Many people who begin to exercise do so both at the gym and at home. They begin to enjoy this natural energy boost so much that they cannot get enough of it. Once you get into the routine of exercise, you will not want to get out of it. It can give you energy, relieve stress, anxiety and alleviate depression. It will also keep you in excellent physical shape.