3 Reasons to Workout at Home

You can't turn on a television or radio without grim news about the economy. Many people have lost their jobs and just about everybody else is looking for areas to cut their spending. One of the first steps many people make is to cancel their gym memberships. After all, most gym memberships start collecting dust a few days after sign-up. While cutting out your gym membership is a quick step towards saving money, the good news is that your physical fitness doesn't have to suffer because of it.

Studies have shown that most people are more likely to workout regularly when they do it themselves, at home! It is much easier than you might imagine to get a robust workout routine that you can complete in your home in just the amount of time it would take you to get into your car and drive to the gym.

Plus there's the issue of expense. Even if you buy very high-quality, high-end fitness equipment for your home, it will end up paying for itself in a lot less time than you may think. By implementing a basic home workout program, you can save money while maintaining physical fitness. If you're on-the-fence about implementing a home workout plan, here are three factors that may motivate you:

Home Workouts Offer Privacy

A lot of overweight people are not comfortable when it comes to exercising in front of other people. I know this, because I have been overweight. Going to a gym and jiggling your fat around on a Stairmaster in front of a bunch of fit people is not a lot of fun. Chances are, those people aren't paying any attention to you, but it is still a mental obstacle for some. With a home workout program, you don't have to worry about any of that. You also don't have to worry about wearing the latest in workout fashion. You can wear whatever you want and exercise in the privacy of your own home. There's no sense of competition, shyness or showing off. Sure, some of you will miss the social interaction, but when you factor in the cost savings, it may even things out.

Home Workouts are Cheap (maybe even free)

You don't need any fancy equipment to start a good home workout program - and you definitely don't need to pay a monthly fee. You'll be starting with a simple program of exercise such as abdominal crunches, push-ups and stretches. You'll be slowly increasing the intensity and duration of these exercises. Once you develop a home workout addiction, you will probably want to invest in some simple home fitness gym equipment. But even these items will cost you less that a couple months membership at a gym. You'll be looking at things like free weights, yoga mats, etc. Another cost savings comes from the fact that you'll no longer need to make a daily commute to your gym.

Home Workouts Are Convenient

You can now roll out of bed in the morning and just start your home workout routine. You can perform your exercise sets any time and just about anywhere. If you can grab 20-30 minutes, you've got plenty of time for your home workout. You'll also save a lot of time from not driving to the gym. Your day just got a little bit easier.

In the early stages of your home workout program, it will probably seem overly simple - especially if you've gotten used to training on the high tech equipment at your local gym. But as simple as your home workout program might seem, you will soon start noticing results. And to make things even more exciting, you'll be saving money while you tone muscle, lose weight and improve your mental health.