The gym used to be the premier location for fitness. It’s where people go to lift, sweat, burn, blast, tone, strengthen and build their bodies. The gym has it all, but you don’t use it all. Maybe you don’t have the time, or you only want to focus on specific things. Reality is that the gym is optional, and it might be time to move on!
The world is your playground, and it’s time to start treating it that way. With so many options for body weight exercises, any environment can become a gym for you — your home, your office, the stairway, the park. Weights, resistance bands, kettle bells and yoga mats are all equipment you can also buy and always have on hand to take your workout routine anywhere. Once you step out of the gym, you begin to see a world of possibilities for getting fit.
13 reasons you may want to reconsider your gym membership
Time. Let’s be honest, going to the gym is time consuming no matter how close you live. First you have to change. Then you have to drive. Then there is traffic. Or you take a train or walk to the gym and there are delays, or the streets are crowded. It’s an exhausting process, especially since it takes just as much effort to get home afterward. Exercising at home or at a nearby park allows everything you need to be a step away. We live in a fast-paced world, so utilizing your time properly is important. Don’t travel long distances when you don’t have to. You can get the same results you get at the gym from exercising at home or outdoors!
Money Saved. According to Statistic Brain, the average cost of a gym membership is $58 a month. That seems reasonable at first, but the average gym member only goes to the gym 8 times out of the month. That means that, on average, $39 of the monthly cost goes unused. Annually, that’s $468. Some of the higher-end gyms average about $100 a month for their memberships. So, on average, $800 per year is going down the drain. You can workout for free and save that extra money to show off that sexy body on a tropical island!
Scenery Change. The world is a large, fun and dynamic place. Going to the same gym, seeing the same-colored walls and the same people day after day might not do anything for you. Your home may not change as often, but, most likely, you like the decor, and you can open your blinds and windows wide and get fresh air. If you exercise outside, every day is a new experience. The weather is always different, and there are always new sounds to experience and places to explore. When you connect with nature, you’ll feel less stressed and more in tune with your body. And that’s what fitness is all about — learning about and improving your body.