I have noticed that me people assume they have to pay for a gym membership to be able to get into shape and lose weight.
While being a member of a gym is not a terrible idea, it should not be mandatory. We must know how to exercise without a gym. You just never know:
- The weather may be bad
- The vehicle may be in the shop
- The gym may be closed for a holiday
So do we skip our exercise if any of these happened?
I look around and see many people who are in great physical condition and they never even enter a gym.
While it may not be the most appealing example, consider some of the convicts doing many years in a prison cell.
Yes, some have gyms but many of them are confined to a small cell for 22 hours per day. But for some odd reason, they have physiques that make many of us jealous.
Because they spend hours upon hours doing simple exercises in that prison cell. And while you may not have hours upon hours to exercise, it does go to show that you really do not need a gym membership.
Here are a few good reasons you should skip the gym membership and exercise at home.
You are less apt to injure yourself
Statistics show that more injuries happen in gym exercises than home work outs. I see several reasons this is true:
- Trying to show off
- Using weights instead of their own body
- Trying to keep up with another person
While it is good to have an exercise partner, it isn’t mandatory. If you make a plan and stick to it, you can have a great home based exercise plan.
They can be done anywhere
Even if you have a business function in Hong Kong, you can still follow your exercise plan in your hotel room.
The cost savings
Gym memberships are not cheap. Why not save that money and purchase some exercise clothes, a mat and other items to help you make that home exercise more enjoyable.
And a bicycle???
Make exercise a part of your life
Many people have learned to integrate exercise into their everyday life.
Instead of having someone else walk the dog, you walk the dog. Walking is a great form of exercise.
Start using your creative mind to plan family outings into good exercise options. Instead of going to the movies, why not go on a hike through a park?
Make a garden and get outside and till the dirt and plant some seeds. Yes, it is exercise and you can grow some delicious foods.
Some simple home exercises
There are many simple exercises you can do at home:
- Run in place
- Jump rope
- Jumping jacks
- Kicks and lunges
- Invest in resistance bands
one of the best exercising methods involves water. If you have a pool, use it. Swimming is one of the best exercises available to humans.
I would go so far to say that if you don’t have a pool, take that money you were going to invest in a gym membership and start a swimming regiment 3 or 4 days per week.
Don’t buy into the idea that you have to be a member of a gym to exercise.
I apologize to all those gym owners out there, but the truth rules.
There is nothing wrong with being a member of a gym, but don’t let it be your only reason to exercise. Make an exercise plan and even if the gym is closed, follow the plan.
Do you agree?
You can post all questions and comments below.
Now I think I am going swimming.