If you are someone who has always worked out at home, the idea of joining a gym might sound silly at first. Why would you pay for a membership to get in shape when you could get in shape for free at home? Well, as it turns out, joining a gym has a lot of benefits over working out at home and is therefore usually worth the cost.
1. You have access to all sorts of equipment.
While you theoretically could purchase almost any piece of gym equipment for your home, most people don't buy more than one or two pieces. Buying your own gym equipment gets expensive, and it takes up a lot of space. If you join a gym, you get access to almost all types of gym equipment, from ellipticals to lat pull-down machines. This allows you to get more variety in your workouts than you could achieve at home with a few pieces of equipment or no equipment at all.
2. All of the other athletic people will keep you pushing forward.
It's hard to get motivated to work out at home when there's nobody there to hold you accountable or cheer you on. At the gym, though, you will be surrounded by other athletic people who are putting in the effort. This will help keep you feeling inspired and motivated throughout your workout. You're less likely to stop early or slack off.
3. There are few distractions at the gym.
When you work out at home, it's easy to get distracted by laundry, your kids, the dishes, or your other obligations. You may plan on working out for a half-hour, but before you know it, you spend 20 minutes picking up the living room. These distractions do not exist at the gym. You'll walk in, focus on your workout for the time you're there, and then leave.
4. You'll have access to personal trainers.
If you decide you would like some feedback on your workouts or if you would like some help meeting your fitness goals, most gyms employ personal trainers who are happy to help you. You will typically need to pay more for their services, but they are easy to access — which is not as true when you work out alone in your living room.
Joining a gym is not free, but it's usually well worth the cost. Visit some gyms in your area to learn more about getting a gym membership.