In January 2017, when I started this journey I decided that the gym was the way to go. As the year quickly progressed, life got more and more hectic. Time became a seriously sought-after commodity and my commitments as a working mom escalated like never before. So I found myself searching for more hours in a day but that never materialised. The next step was to make some changes to my life so the important stuff got priority. Something had to give and in this case it was gym. I found myself going to the gym less frequently each month. I did find a solution and that was attempting home workouts for the first time ever.
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- Better equipment and a variety to choose from
- Get to socialise with like-minded individuals
- Exercising with people with similar interests helps create a motivational environment
- Different workouts available which gives your more options
- Option to work with personal a trainer
- Various specialists at your disposal (eg. biokineticists or massage therapists)
- Allows you to have some “YOU TIME”
- Gym mirrors are damn amazing
- Fees are generally high
- Can be time-consuming
- Travel time
- On busy days you need to wait to use equipment
- Being hit on by people
- Training restricted to operating times of the gym
- Child-care facilities not necessarily available.
- Can be intimidating
- Its free
- Convenient as it saves you time
- Can train whenever you want to
- You can wear whatever you want
- Private environment so no reason to feel self-conscious.
- Initial set-up costs can be expensive
- Limited space
- Limited equipment
- Workout alone
- Too many distractions
- No guidance
My Final Verdict
Making decisions that affect ours lives, health and well-being are never easy, but they are damn important. I’m a social butterfly so the gym is the ideal solution for me. I find that working out with others keeps me motivated and pushes me to work harder. To be completely honest, home workouts are cool and you can most certainly achieve the same results as you would at the gym. Your results depend entirely on your personal drive and commitment and it comes down to your preference. So as much as I’m not the biggest fan of home workouts, I will tell you not to underestimate them at all. Those 30 minute HIIT sessions are savage. After much deliberation I have decided that in 2018 I will combine Gym Workouts and Home Workouts into my weekly routine. This way I will meet all my obligations and still be able to stick to my exercise schedule. I’m basically removing all excuses and opportunities to fail. I’ve drawn up a schedule to ensure I have a plan and I will be gyming 4 times a week and 2 times at home. So even though I have a 6 day plan, I’m a mom and life happens. I may not always meet my goal of 6 workouts a week but I have committed to definitely doing 4 per week.
So what I’m really saying is that there is no room for excuses. It’s time to take ownership of your life and your health. Whether you prefer the gym or home workouts, figure out what works for you and what best suits your life. Then make a commitment to yourself and honour it. The time is indeed now.
Go get it!!
Fit Like Mummy