We often associate getting fit with making frequent trips to the gym. But that’s not necessarily true because homebodies can have super bodies, too!
With the ubiquity of fitness content in today’s day and age, one needn’t visit the gym to get the body of their dreams.
If you’re not willing to brave Manila’s mind numbing traffic or if the weather simply doesn’t permit – here are a few reasons other why home workouts may just be the best choice for you.
1) You will have extra savings at the end of the month
Gym memberships can get pricey up over time – especially if you’re not super committed to making use of it. But here’s some good news: there’s a free alternative that we can all reach out to, and it’s called – drumroll please – the Internet. You can always just whip up your laptops or tablets, and work out in the comfort of your own home.The gates to the promised land of fitness is just a few clicks away!
2) You are the master of your own workout
I personally feel more motivated when I have control over my exercise routine.
I once gave Shaun T’s famed Insanity a try – it was very invigorating and all, but I found it a bit intimidating. So I searched for gentler alternatives and found Fitness Blender, one of the most amiable fitness websites out there. Daniel and Kelli, the owners and two of my personal #fitspirations, have made over 400 easy-to-follow workout routines with varying lengths, difficulty levels, calorie burn counts, and body areas of focus.
So, let’s say, it’s a Saturday morning, it’s drizzling outside (cuddle weather!) and you want to keep things chill and light. You could try this low-impact, no-jumping routine.
If, on the other hand, you had a rough day and you’re ready to channel your inner Ronda Rousey, complete with a Beyoncé playlist on the background. You could follow Kelli in this fun and stimulating kick-boxing workout.
So basically, you can choose whichever workout you think matches your current mood, how many calories you want to burn, how far you’re willing to push yourself.
It’s all up to you. You get to be the boss of your own workout.
3) There are less distractions
If you’re an introvert (or an ambivert), home workouts are great because working out alone feels more productive. You won’t feel obliged to pause once in a while to make small-talk with your gym buddy or the stranger you accidentally made eye contact with at the gym.
4) You get to train with top tier fitness trainers and celebrities
The Internet has it all – from super fierce fat-blasting ab workouts with Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels:
To irresistibly fun dance parties with the man behind the mind-boggling choreography of Sia’s Chandelier:
To snippets of how Victoria’s Secret Angels train before they strut down the glitter runway:
5) You won’t have to stress over tough sartorial decisions
Plus fitness apparel tends to be pricey locally!
6) It’s less intimidating
No explanation needed.
7) No awkward encounters
Because awkward sweat patches are no fun. And because you won’t have to worry about for the faces you make while you swing that kettle ball, or for the Maria Sharapova-like grunts you involuntarily produce after a few tricep lifts.
Of course, I don’t mean to suggest that gyms are ultimately skippable – there are plenty of gyms in Manila that offer great services for those who need the extra push, and there are people who get their motivation from actually venturing out and being around fellow fitness enthusiasts. Plus, working out at home also has its own downsides – the proximity to the kitchen, the possibility of slacking, or worse, the temptation to give up midway due to the lure of your comfortable couch… So what I’m saying is, at the end of the day, it really all boils down to you, and to how committed you are to your goals.
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