Bring the Gym Home

Bring the Gym Home

My parents haven’t been members of the gym for a long time now. Simply for the reason they weren’t going enough for the money to be worth it. My step dad often found he needed to go during peak times and simply couldn’t get on any of the resistance machines. It’s no fun queuing for a machine that is probably going to cause more pain than pleasure!!

Anyone reading this with little ones may be able to relate! My parents haven’t even got little kids anymore and they were still struggling to get their bums down to the gym for a workout. Throw in lack of sleep, no babysitter, a million chores and complete apathy into the mix and the motivation is down in your boots! I’m very lucky that hubby works from home and I tend to leg it first thing.

However the gloomy reality that summer is on it’s way out; it’s now dark when I feel my gremlin’s foot on my head in the morning and the winter isn’t far behind. Not boding well really for gym motivation!!

So what’s the alternative?

I’ve written before about some exercises you can do at home but what if you want a bit more? You know you want to exercise long term but don’t want to commit financially to a gym.

Creating a mini gym at home may be a possibility or even if space could be an issue, investing in a couple of pieces of equipment could be your answer.

My parents have a treadmill, cross trainer and exercise bike, plus a few weights. It’s enough to pack in a good workout and my answer when I go to visit. Tesco currently have some great deals for stationary bikes which ensure you are not spending too much to achieve your goals. Cycling is a bit more comfortable and is a great starting point for those whose struggle with the high impact of running. It tones your leg muscles and burns those calories.

Why is this such a great idea?

  • The equipment will have paid for itself in a few months, when comparing to an expensive gym membership which is ongoing.
  • There is no one watching you if you feel that little bit nervous in a packed gym with others working out.
  • The equipment belongs to you; not on loan from a gym.
  • There is no travelling time to get to a gym or class which can often reduce motivation.
  • You haven’t got to go anywhere once you get home from work or the kids are in bed. It’s dark and cold and you can stay in. Slip your kit on and all you need is 30 minutes.
  • You could exercise in front on the television. 30 minutes is an episode of Eastenders and you are done.
  • You have your own comfort of your own shower when you are done and you haven’t got to drive home.

This is definitely another alternative and will make fitting exercise into your life that little bit easier. There is pressure in front of others and the convenience of a quick 30 minutes will help you get your fix without interrupting your life too much.

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  1. September 14, 2015 / 6:19 am

    I need to start a regime to loose weight. I start off well, but then lose motivation. Great post Hun #anythinggoes

  2. September 14, 2015 / 7:36 am

    Our new house the seller has converted half the garage into a room that is currently a gym, we're going to keep it like that and use it for the same thing. We have a cross trainer already and a big punch bag and might invest in a treadmill at somepoint! Think it will definitely encourage me just popping into the garage ! 🙂

  3. September 14, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Before we had kids we both spent time swimming and spinning at the gym – it helped it was a subsidised one for university alumni! But since kids we've spent more time running and being active at home. I think I prefer doing stuff outside than in a gym these days 🙂 still hard to fit exercise in – if I hadn't deliberately incorporated exercise into my commute I think I'd be a big fat slob by now! #AnythingGoes

  4. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    September 15, 2015 / 12:56 am

    Sounds good. My mum also rents equipment short term so when she gets bored and stops using things she can switch it up. x

  5. September 15, 2015 / 1:02 am

    Great advice 🙂 I've always said by the time I was fit enough to go to a public gym, I would be fit enough not to need to go! I have quite a bit of gym equipment at home and I really need to use it more often. There's no excuses when you only have to walk up the stairs lol 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  6. jennyonaplate
    September 15, 2015 / 9:58 am

    I've been a gym member a few times in the past but stopped because I became so sick of wasting money on membership that I never used. This year, I began running as a free form of exercise and said to myself that I'd try to avoid joining a gym again, but as the nights begin to draw in, I just know that I will struggle to find the motivation to go pounding the pavement when it is dark after work (plus it's not always that safe) so I need an alternative, and this may be it! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 #SundayStars

  7. September 18, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Oh you're so good! Everything you have said makes perfect sense, and are the very reasons why I wouldn't be able to manage going to a gym myself. The thing is, I do have a big space and in it have a running machine. The thing is, after begging my hubby to have it, and by saying that I'd use it daily, I can probably count the number of times Ive actually been on it on my hands! It's more become a bit of an expensive clothes rail! I find it's the willpower and motivation that I suffer from. Which is why I came to the decision to get a personal trainer in the end for a bit of a boost. There was no way I was going to open the door to a 'built like the proverbial' ex-marine and say. 'no, sorry – I really can't be bothered today'. But that got too expensive. Perhaps I will have to go dust off the running machine after all! Thanks so much for linking up with #SundayStars Steph xxx

  8. Hannah - Budding Smiles
    September 21, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Great post hun, my nearest gym is a good 15-20 minutes away by car and I soon lost the motivation to go after tough days with Toby! Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx