I feel like there’s a lot of hype around the at-home workout thing.
It’s SOO convenient! No pricey gym membership! No travel! No revealing your makeup-less face to the world! Available 24/7 and 100% portable!!
But here’s the thing about working out at home that no one talks about…
It’s freaking hard.
First of all, you’re usually alone, which means any and all motivation must come from you. No peer pressure from fellow gym-goers (who aren’t really watching, but THEY COULD BE), and no instinct to show off for said gym-goers (particularly the extra fit and/or attractive ones). No incentive to push your limits, or maintain your form, or secretly race someone on the treadmill.
There’s no need to put on a cute yoga tank top, either—and this might just be me and my vanity, but I tend to stand up straighter and work harder when I feel good in my clothes. A ratty old T-shirt reminds me too much of my bed, and the couch, and mindless HGTV marathons…and…screw this workout, I’m not feeling it anyway.
Let me back up. Here’s where all this is coming from:
I just renewed my gym membership, after over a year, and just this morning summoned up the courage to take BOTH KIDS to the gym daycare. (I was paranoid and helicopter-y/they did totally fine—standard.)
Anyway, while I was doing my workout (day 1 of this strength routine, plus 10 minutes on the stair climber—WOW that thing is killer), I couldn’t help but notice that…
I was kind of in Beast Mode.
I was lifting harder and faster, resting less, and sweating more than usual. I was on fire in a way that I almost NEVER felt at home, where I worked out while simultaneously watching the Voice.
Maybe I was feeling the pressure of time, since I was nervous about the kids. Maybe it was the fact that I was in the weight room with 99% guys.
But I think it was mostly just being “in public” (along with the floor-to-ceiling mirrors I was standing in front of).
Usually, I have to dig deep to find the motivation to push myself through a living room workout. Sometimes it’s ok, but more often than not, it’s a struggle from the minute I start to the minute I finish.
With a gym membership, all I need is the motivation to get out of the house and into the gym. The rest takes care of itself.
I understand that many just plain don’t have the option of a gym membership. (Trust me—I get that.) And I know a lot of people do great with at-home workouts. (I bow to those people.)
All I’m saying is that it’s not as easy as it looks.
And maybe, convenience isn’t everything.
Are you an at-home exerciser or a gym goer?
Do you find that you work harder in one setting or another?
Any tips for making working out at home easier?