Gym Vs at Home Workout Ideas

A few years ago, I found myself a single parent, in my mid 30’s and about 30 pounds overweight. Between my 3 kids, a full time job, and my previous experiences with health club memberships, I knew there was no way I could join a gym but I also knew that I had to do something. Simply changing my eating habits wasn’t going to be enough so that’s when I started researching at home workout ideas.

You see, over the years I have been a member of three different gyms. None of them were farther than 3 miles away from my house and one was even less than 100 yards from my work. When I signed up for this gym, I remember rationalizing that I was at work 5 days a week and surely I could find a way to get by before or after work for at least 3 days a week. I think I made it to the gym consistently for 2 weeks, then my workouts slowly dwindled for the next few months and by the fourth month I no longer went at all. Unfortunately I had signed up for a year’s membership so I continued to pay the health club membership for another 8 months and got absolutely nothing for it. This is how I learned the cold hard facts about belonging to a gym. By the time you get all your stuff together in your bag, get in the car, drive to the gym and wait for the equipment you need to use; it’s no wonder that an estimated 50 percent of all new health club members quit using their membership within six months of signing up. Another statistic says that up to 40 percent of people will quit using their gym within 90 days. Still another alarming statistic says that only 1 in 5 health club members use their gym 2 or more times a week. This means that less than 20 percent of people who join health clubs use it to get exercise 3 times a week which is the minimum recommended amount we should get each week.

At Home Workout Ideas

What I discovered was that there are literally thousands of different at home workout ideas that will give you a quick, effective, fast workout that range from a basic beginners workout to workout ideas that will challenge even the most veteran fitness fanatic. The best thing about it was I didn’t have to spend a lot of money to get started. I think my initial investment was less than $50 and with this simple equipment I had the options of doing so many different exercises that I will never get bored with my home workouts. At home workout ideas range from exercise balls, pushups, pull ups, sit ups, resistance bands, jump ropes, dumbbells, step benches, reverse chair dips, squats, squat jumps, spiderman pushups, superman pushups, mountain climbers and burpees. With far less money than you would spend for a few months at a gym you can have enough equipment for effective at home workouts for the rest of your life.

Workout At Home With Your Kids

With childhood obesity on the rise it is more important than ever for us to set a good example for our kids. One of the best ways to set this example is for them to actually see us working out regularly in our own homes. This is a great opportunity to have your kids work out with you and therefore start building a lifetime habit of physical fitness and good health.

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