Downsides of working out at home

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Published: February 26, 2020

Do you want to be fit but simply can’t find enough time for going to the gym? They say that as long as you put in the same effort and hours at home, you can still have a lean body. This is especially true if you invest some money in gym equipment and quickly evolve from bodyweight exercises alone. While a home workout can be as effective as the one you can get in a gym, it still can’t be denied that it’s not exactly a perfect scenario. The downsides of working out at home may not be familiar to you just yet. Although we have to admit that this activity also comes with plenty of benefits. But that’s not the topic for today. Today, we deal with some less pleasant things.

You won’t have any help at hand

If you are just starting out on your fitness journey and have never worked out before, you won’t be able to exercise safely from the comfort of your own home. The sole purpose behind workouts is for you to become more fit and agile. But what not everyone realizes is that every exercise should be performed in a certain way.

A woman working out with a trainer.
You will need assistance in order to perform some exercises safely.

For example, squats seem fairly simple, don’t they? But unless you keep your back straight at all times, you risk injuring yourself. In such an instance, the ineffective exercise will be the least of your worries. If you are determined to work out from home, we suggest you get the help you need. You can consult a personal trainer Dubai at home or you can rely on online tutorials. Although, for obvious reasons, the first suggestion is a much smarter choice.

Loneliness is one of the greatest downsides of working out at home

Some people might feel embarrassed to work out in front of a lot of other people. But the truth is that, usually, this is what gives us the motivation to succeed. Imagine you are attending a class in a group of ten. Your fitness instructor Dubai is pushing all of you to work hard and sweat. When you see other people do it, you will probably be more motivated to do it yourself.

So unless you have someone pushing you at home or you are an incredibly motivated person with a goal you simply must achieve, working out at home might not be the best option for you. If you catch yourself slacking off during your workouts, consider joining the near-by gym.

You will have to buy your own equipment

A well-equipped gym has dozens, if not hundreds of pieces of equipment. From treadmills to resistance bands and everything in between, you can pretty much use every machine – that’s covered with your monthly membership. But when you work out at home, you will have to provide your own equipment. That requires a lot of space, not to mention funds. Which brings us to another point.

Barbells buying them is one of the downsides of working out from home.
If you are not willing to invest in equipment, there is no point in working out from home.

Working out from home can be expensive

For starters, it will be completely okay to workout without any weights and equipment. There are as many bodyweight exercises as you can count. But they can only get you so far. Gradually, you will have to start relying on weights and equipment if you really want to build muscles and/or lose weight. Once you start buying equipment, you will realize just how expensive it is. Just one treadmill can cost an arm and a leg – and that’s only the start. You will need dumbells, kettlebell, a yoga mat, a pilates ball – really, the list just goes on.

You really have to try and make the best financial decision. Are you in the position to buy even the basic equipment that’s needed to do many of the simpler exercises? If you are not, you might want to consider simply going to the gym. It might be the less convenient option but it just might turn out to be a wiser one.

The lack of space is one of the downsides of working out at home

It’s true that a lot of exercises require little space. After all, squats require almost no space. As long as you can stand, you are good to go. But there are other exercises that will require more space – like planks and burpees. Unfortunately, not all people have the luxury of living in a big house with a lot of room. If you are living in a small studio apartment, you will have one big problem – the lack of space! Not to mention how big of a problem you will have once you start buying exercise equipment for your home.

A bedroom.
Having no space to workout will pretty much ruin the mood.

If you find yourself struggling to do even the most basic exercises and keep bumping into desks, chairs, and all the furniture in your way, think about joining the gym. Because as with some other downsides of working out at home, this obstacle might be impossible to surpass.

Can you surpass all of these obstacles?

They say nothing is impossible if you really try hard! If you have no space, you can choose to do only those exercises that require no room. If you are struggling to find the money for exercise equipment, you can try to mix it up with different bodyweight exercises until you save up enough money for equipment. And you can always do your own research and learn how to keep yourself from injuries when doing certain exercises.

All of these downsides of working out at home might seem intimidating at first. But you have to remind yourself that there are also a lot of benefits to it. Like being able to do your workout whenever you feel like it. It’s all about weighing the pros and cons and deciding what works best for your needs!

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