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9 Reasons To Ditch Gym And Work Out At Home

September 8th, 2015 No comments

Going to the gym may have its perks, but the downsides can sometimes be too overwhelming that it seems wiser to do your workouts in the comfort of your own personal space. Travelling, membership fees, noise, busy-ness, hygiene, there are practically countless factors which can dissuade anyone from going back to a crowded place to do exercise. Let’s delve a little deeper to see what makes your home a more suitable place for working out.

The weather

No matter what season it is, you won’t have to trudge through the cold winter and warm summer air if you decide to create a gym at your home. With some air conditioning and proper ventilation, you can set perfect conditions for exercise in peace. Everything you need and are used to, is a couple of feet away.

home-workoutNo Gym Schedules

You can dictate your own pace. It’s understandable that members of a gym are the ones who have to be flexible, because a gym usually can't meet every individual temporal demand. They make their own workout timetables, regardless of your (un)available time, so if you want to avoid this kind of pressure, it’s best when the scheduling is entirely up to you.

You Don’t Have To Dress For The Occasion

It may be a bit superficial, but people tend to prim themselves up before going to the gym, because almost no one wants to be seen in their trashy, careless edition. This can be tedious, counter-productive  and time-consuming; at home, you won’t have to brush your hair, choose between polka dots or striped sports bra, worry about previous sweat marks, etc.


Yes, every professional fitness business must have showers, but during working out, germs can get everywhere, especially when a sweaty guy finishes his routine on a machine and doesn’t wipe down his bodily left-overs. At least at your home, the germs are your own.

Timely Diet

Imagine you had an intense workout and now you’re so hungry, you’d kill for a meal. It can take some people hours to finally reach their fridge in order to recharge their batteries and recover their energy with good food. Home gyms, however, are just a couple of steps away from the kitchen.

The Noises

Ah, yes, people tend to make all sorts of sounds, grunts and other noises during their exercise, especially the bodybuilders who love to bolster themselves up with a couple of roars. This can be quite distracting, pretty obvious why. To avoid that gym orchestra, stay at home and make your own gym music.

Everything Is Up To You

You can just roll out of bed and start working out immediately. Or if you’re not in the mood at the moment, you can always move your session to later. The point is, everything depends on your will and pace. The most important thing is to buy yourself some proper commercial fitness equipment, or find ways to improvise by exercising with your own body weight and using your surroundings.

Workout Buddies

You can exercise with your friends, family, maybe even hire a personal trainer to come to your home so you can exercise and socialize more freely in a relaxed atmosphere. At the gym, things are usually either too professional, too distracting and sometimes even too vain.

When You’re Done, You Can Catch Your Breath At Your Leisure

No matter how much you’ve worked out, nothing can stop you from sprawling out on the floor when you finish giving your all. It’s your success, so enjoy yourself while gasping for air after the rough ride. You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself when your body has forced you on the ground, in spite of current glorious achievements.

Walking and Running: Essential Gear Plus

April 10th, 2010 No comments

Get decked out in the right equipment

When you’re serious about staying in shape, going for a walk or run involves more than just pulling on a pair of old sneakers and heading out. If you want to be comfortable, stay safe and have fun you’ll want to consider a few essential pieces of equipment.

What you’ll need
Shoes - Asics, New Balance, Saucony, Nike, Adidas - the list of respected athletic shoe brands is long. Make sure when you’re *choosing shoes[Athletic Shoes] that they are made specifically for the activity you’ll be doing. Walkers have different needs than runners and require different footwear.
Warm weather clothing - Since your plan is to work up a sweat you should be wearing moisture-wicking clothes that pull the sweat away from your body and keep you cool and dry. Cotton is an ok choice, but it can get wet and cause chafing. Clothes should be comfortable and non-restrictive. It’s handy to have a zippered pocket somewhere on your outfit to hold house keys or other valuables.
Cold weather clothing - If there’s a chill in the air it’s best to layer clothing on the body and keep extremities warm with lightweight mitts and a hat. Wind resistant outer layers keep away cold breezes. You’ll be glad if you splurge on thermal socks. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow and ice, strap a pair of Ice Joggers over you’re shoes; they have tiny plastic spikes on the bottom to keep you from slipping.
Skincare - Skin lotions and lip balms don’t exactly sound like walking and running essentials but they are. Products with an SPF will protect you from the sun’s damaging rays all-year-round, while extra moisturizing products will keep your skin from getting dry and chapped in the winter.

Pedometer - Basic *Pedometers[Choosing the Best Pedometer] can be bought for as little as $10, or more advanced ones for as much as $50. The better models will include a calorie counter, heart rate monitor, distance calculator and be able to differentiate between walking and jogging steps. Some keep track of your steps for up to a week at a time and allow you to upload your data to computer.
Tunes - Whether you want a top-of-the-line iPod to hold your library of 10,000 MP3s, or a bargain basement player that’ll hold 250, having some sort of music or instructional tape to keep you motivated is a good idea.
Nordic walking poles - Want to boost your calorie burn by as much as 46 percent without feeling like you’re working that much harder? How about reducing tension in your neck and shoulders just by walking in a way that also reduces stress on the knees? These handy poles are the answer. They generally cost about $70 to $100, and come with tips to help you tackle all terrain, including metal tips for slip-free winter walking.

The Old Run-Around

March 5th, 2009 No comments

It's that time of year again. Well, it is for those living in cold climates who choose to hibernate during the winter months anyways.

It's the time of year when semi-avid runners plot their return to the streets, tracks and trails. And let’s face it, at least a little plotting is necessary. If a runner's mileage has been scaled back for several months, or hasn't continued at all it’s going to take some work to get back into top running form. Even if the total amount of running stayed close to the same, and the road was simply replaced with a treadmill, there’s work to be done. We're not talking marathoners here, just simple folks who want to transition from walking to running, or add a few miles to their routine.

Since I’m one of those summer warriors whose ambition goes out the window when the temperature drops, I too realize I need a strategy if I’m going to be up and running this summer. I hate to admit it, but last year was supposed to be my “summer of running” where I'd finally break the 10 minute mark and transform my usual run/walk intervals into one fluid running workout. The biggest problem last year…I started too late. When I finally began making decent progress the fun races were over and the running group numbers had tapered off. Besides, in the middle of the summer it’s much too hot to run unless you do it before the sun rises. Ya I know, lame excuse.

To make things simple on myself, and the rest of you, I’ve devised a checklist of things to do so we can both meet our running goals this summer. Here are the first three tips:

1. Start now - As soon as the snow is off the sidewalks, get your butt off the couch and strap on a pair of running shoes.

2. Start slowly - This may seem like bad advice to the over-achievers out there but it’s important for those who haven’t had much running success in the past. As an example of how it works, you would go for a 29 minute walk and add one minute of easy jogging. The next time out, add another 30 seconds or a minute of jogging. When you feel ready add a few more minute-long jogs during your walk. Your joints will be able to gradually prepare themselves to deal with the stress of running and your lungs will thank you too. As a general rule, don’t increase the time or intensity of your run more than 10 percent a week. And keep track of your progress.

3. Map it out - If time isn’t the most important factor, you need to find out how far you’re going. Gmaps Pedometer is a great way to do this. You can increase the distance you're running at each workout and see yourself get that much closer to your goal.

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