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Getting ready to go after your new fitness goals? If you’re wondering whether it’s better to work out at home or join a gym, here are a few things to consider before you make your decision.

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How much time do you have?

When you’re working out at home, it’s easier to fit your workout routine around your lifestyle. You don’t need to spend time getting to and from the gym, nor do you have to consider opening hours. On the other hand, when you think you can work out any time you like, it’s easy to fail to schedule your workouts and not do them at all.

What motivates you?

I’ll tell you upfront – I’m a gym girl. I have more fun when I go to gym classes and exercise with other people. This may work the same way for you, or you may find it more motivating to complete your exercise routine in peace and quiet by yourself.

How well do you handle distractions?

At home, something always comes to mind that needs to be done ‘immediately’ and I simply have to drop my workout and do it! At the gym, I don’t have that option. The only thing you can really do there is exercise, so you get on with it. Unless you get distracted by some spectacular biceps or a six-pack, in which case you’re probably better off working out at home.

What’s your budget?

Workouts at home are free and gyms cost money. And while there are hundreds of other things that you could be spending your hard-earned cash on, investing in your health can be motivating. I remember countless times when I didn’t feel like going to the gym, but still went because I was paying for it either way. Every time I felt great after the workout and was glad that I did it.

Try it out!

It’s not a decision that you have to make once and stick with forever. Try out both ways and see what works for you. Unwilling to pay for gym fees upfront when you’re unsure of whether you’ll keep on going? Most gyms offer free sessions to help you make up your mind.

Either way, whether you choose to work out at home or at the gym, it’s important to make it a regular practice. So take ‘you’ time to find a form of exercise that works best for you.

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