As a single mom looking after kids and struggling to make ends meet, there is often a time when one wonders whether the exercise done at home is as effective as that done in a gym. So today we will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both: home exercise and gym exercise. Naturally, for most single moms, this might be a no brainer: gym can be expensive; one needs to make time for it and, if needed, even arrange for a baby sitter. Anyway, if you are still wondering if you can get the body you desire by working out at home or whether you should sweat out in a gym for that, we have answers for you:
Benefits of working out at home
- Home training fits in your schedule
The biggest advantage of working out at home is that you can do it when you like unlike adhering to the fixed hours that gyms usually offer. Also, many experts actually feel that gym is a place where you need to be social and being social does not always make for an effective workout. Furthermore, most gyms are overcrowded on certain days of the year when everyone seems to be bitten by the fitness bug. At such times, you need to wait in the line or go very early/late when the crowds are sparse.
- Home gym offers you privacy
If you are like most stay at home moms, you’d naturally want more privacy while working out. You need not wear the most stylish gym clothing but can exercise in any ‘old thing’ at home. If you are not too proud of your post-baby body shape, you’d not want to exercise before strangers. Additionally, after doing a set of squats or abs, if you feel like sprawling in the middle of the floor, you can do so in your home, but probably not in a gym.
- Home environment actually offers better concentration
As long as the kids are involved in some activities and the baby is fast asleep, moms can really concentrate on their workout. Additionally, should your kids need you; you can be there in an instant, unlike in a gym where you’d probably be worried all the time about them.
- Eww! Germs
While most gyms are strict about cleanliness, no matter how much you wipe down the equipment you are likely to encounter germs left by the previous user; something your home environment will be devoid of.
- Did we mention it is cheaper?
Naturally working out at home often ends up being cheaper though you’d need to invest in resistance bands, weights, dumbbells and/or an exercise ball. Still, considering the membership fees most gyms charge, these will be far less and would also be a one-time expense.