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‘New Year, New Me’, but do you need to join the gym?

It’s the start of January, which can only mean one thing, everyone is starting their resolutions.

According to a ComeRes poll from 2017, 38% of 2000 Brits pledged to exercise with another 33% wanting to lose weight. Making a resolution is a great way to change, but managing to stick to a resolution isn’t always easy. To become healthier, you may have already plucked up the courage to go to your local gym and sign up for a membership. But, many of us (we know we have done this too) spend money on memberships that we end up cancelling two months later after not using it.

In this blog, we are going to look at how you can use your house can help you to effectively exercise so you don’t have to pay ££’s on a gym membership.

Gym Treadmill

Do I need specific equipment to work out in my property?

The answer can be both yes and no. Depending on your resolution could depend on what type of workout you want to achieve at home. Sports Direct sell basic equipment such as weights, exercise ball and mats very cheaply. These basics can help you do both weight and cardio training.

If your living room has the space, you may also want to try buying a workout DVD or follow one online through YouTube. These can help change up your workouts whilst creating an effective work out.

Do I need to specifically go and buy equipment?

If you create a plan for yourself, then you can do an effective workout in your home without needing to buy equipment. Exercises such as planks, mountain climbs, press ups, squats, sit ups, triceps dips and lunges are all examples of great conditioning exercises you can do at home without needing equipment.

Over time, if you do conditioning exercises (like the ones just stated), then you can add more reps and increase sets to push yourself. Therefore making your workout more beneficial and stopping you from spending money on workout equipment.


What are the main positives for working out in the comfort of your home?

There are a few advantages to exercising at home:

  • Arguably the best thing about a home gym is the money you can save
  • If you decide to invest in some equipment, you can buy most basic equipment relatively cheap
  • Working out at home can be more convenient
  • You don’t have to wait or queue to use the equipment you want to use
  • Finally, you don’t have to travel to and from the gym, saving a few pennies on travel

However, some that have tried this have struggled to keep themselves interested in their training regimes.

Will home workouts be effective for me?

The simple answer is yes. Although, it depends on your motivation, time and effort that you are willing to put in. As stated, it depends on the individual, however you can make them just as effective as a workout in a gym.

Although, if you are self conscious or see the gym as being a daunting territory, then this could be the right solution for you.

If you are unsure whether a gym membership is for you, there are always trials or deals you can sign up to at nearby gyms so you can make your mind whether to take the plunge.


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