In today's fast paced lifestyle, it can often be hard to find the time for a proper workout. There are a number of ways for finding that extra time needed for a training session, but once you have that time in your hands, how you decide to spend it on your training can have a crucial effect on your results.That's when you have to choose between working out at home, or putting down a little extra time and go to the gym to work out.
But despite the extra time required to be put into it, there is nothing that can quite substitute a proper workout at a gym. Training at home, while being a good time saver, can work to some extent, but in the long run it just can't stand up against training at a gym. There are many reasons why going to the gym is the absolute best way for anyone to train, and this article will focus on five of them.
Completing your training sessions
From personal experience, I know how easy it can be to end a workout early, justifying it with a series of excuses. And that is by far the biggest reason why you should go to a gym to do your work out, instead of training at home.
While training at home, there are so many distractions that can make you lose focus on your training, and constantly being tempted to give up, take a shower and get a snack from the kitchen isn't helping either. The environment in the gym, however, makes it far easier to actually carry out your planned work out, and not make any excuse to end it early.
While it may seem like a great time saver to carry out your exercise program in your own house, it requires a tremendous amount of self discipline to actually carry out each session to completion. With no one there judging you, and being so close to the computer or TV, it's really hard to stay focused on the training, and you're very likely to get distracted and end your workout a few sets early.
At the gym, however, it's so much easier to stay on the course for the full workout. With nothing else around but the weights and machines, there is nothing there to distract you, and it becomes much easier to focus on the training session.
One major difference between training at the gym and at home is the social aspect. At the gym, you are never alone - there is always other people there struggling with their own work outs. And like the social creatures we are, being around others doing the same as we are helps with our motivation.
And of course, then there is our own powerful ego. If someone else is watching, there is no way we can do a half assed performance - no, we simply feel compelled to do our very best. Even if the other persons probably aren't paying attention to what you're doing, the mere presence of others help increase your will to perform your very best during the work out, and leaves no option for half assed performances like the solitude of your own home would.
Another social benefit is the option to work out with your friends. For those of us who are lucky enough to have friends who also enjoy working out, this can be a major boost in motivation. If there is someone else holding you responsible and making sure you keep dragging your ass to the gym, you are far less likely to stop training than if it was a solo project.
Then, of course, we have the factor that motivates most men; the opposite sex. Being evolutionary wired to always try to impress the females in our surroundings, men are far more motivated to perform their very best at the gym if there is a woman present.
As with all training, it can be difficult to stay motivated to work out, especially in the long run. And with home training, the workouts will be scattered on random times, lacking any real routine. It will become harder and harder to actually make time for the work out, with the countless excuses piling up to stop you.
But it's entirely different with the gym. Having to put down the time to actually make your way there, you'll be able to find far fewer excuses to leave before you've completed your full session - whether you feel like it or not.
While this may seem to be even worse - putting down even more time for the workout - it has a great psychological effect. As you put down the time for it, it becomes a more independent task, separate from the other parts of your day. And that will make it a lot harder to shed from your daily routine than any sporadic home work out.
You've paid for it
This is perhaps the biggest motivator of all - having paid for a gym membership. We're all a bit money-driven, and having paid for something makes us feel far more committed to the cause. So if you've spent some money on a gym membership fee, you will feel compelled to actually use it and go to the gym - otherwise you'd have just wasted a lot of money.
All in all, it is almost always better to go to the gym for you workouts, especially in the long run. However, although this article just focused on the benefits, there are of course some drawbacks with the gym when compared to working out at home.