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Where do you work out?

Monday, August 23, 2010

First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for their encouraging comments....it truly does help in keeping me motivated!

As I had mentioned previously, I have a family membership at YMCA but I have not gone since early June because I had gone to stay with my parents to help them out for 6 weeks. After that I came home for a couple of weeks before going on holidays. Since no one else from the family has been to the gym either during this whole time, I had been debating whether to cancel the membership or not. I did end up suspending it temporarily and am now trying to determine what I should do:
1. Stay with the YMCA (20 minutes away by car)
2. Look for another gym (closer to home)
3. Do my own fitness routine at home

The funny thing is that I was undecided on which choice to make but simply by writing this blog, it has made helped me make up my mind. I am going to follow my own routine and see how that goes. Worse case scenario is that it does not work out and I go back to choosing between option 1 and 2.

So tell me where do you work out ...home or gym and why?

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    Coming in really late (I'm way behind on all my blogs; sorry about that!)

    Where I work out varies, a lot.

    I have a small community fitness center within easy walking distance of my apartment--easy enough that it's hard to find a good excuse not to go. And while there aren't tons of machines or anything (just a few ellipticals and treadmills for cardio and some free weights and a few weight machines for strength training) it's also rarely crowded. I've exercised a few times at the YMCA with friends who have memberships, and while they have much more to offer (including pool access year round--would be nice with my bad hip) they are also very crowded and I find the atmosphere stressful. I do most of my strength training at the fitness center because they have more weight options and more space than I do at home. I also sometimes take classes offered by the community center, depending on when they fit into my schedule.

    During the summer, I try to take as much of my activities as possible outside, though the weather wasn't kind this summer (very hot, very humid). I swim, bike ride, roller blade, go for walks, play tennis--in some ways it helps to just think of it as being "active" rather than "exercise" and focus on fun, active things to do that have the side benefit of getting my heart rate up. Living in Michigan, I'm inside for most of the year because of the weather (with cold induced asthma, I will lose my ability to do outdoor activities by the end of October and won't be able to do much until April or May) so I try to make the most of the time that I have.

    When I can't convince myself to go to the gym, or I want to do something different, or whatever, I exercise at home. My strength training when I do strength training at home is basically the same kinds of things I do at the gym, only modified for equipment I don't have (trying to work the same muscles). For cardio, I sometimes play games on the Wii (like dance games or the Wii Fit) or put in exercise dvds.

    Sometimes I confess it's whatever I can bribe myself to do. Need to work out and can't stand the thought of being inside? Go for a walk. Need to work out but don't want the hassle of clearing space in my living room? Go to the gym. Need to work out and don't want to go anywhere or deal with people? Work at home. Etc.
    3805 days ago
  • RAIN454
    I am not working for them, I promise, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE my gym...LA Fitness. Don't know if they have it where you live but I'm in Texas so its definitely not exclusive to California (just in case you were wondering).

    I know I couldnt have lost what I've lost without them. And this gym in particular is really clean, spaced out and has tons of positive energy. I go to 3 different locations too (one close to work, close to home, and a newer one 10 minutes further than the home one) so its not like I just got lucky with one of them. Having people around you (but not tooo close to you like a lot of the other gyms) gives you that extra energy to work out. You pay also so that gives you more incentive to keep at it since you dont want to waste your money...so with all those things combined, you really do accomplish a lot of your exercise goals by joining a gym.

    You manage to work from home, successfully, so working out at home is probably a good plan for you. I, on the other hand, could never get a lot of anything done if I did it at home - work, study, or exercise - so this is whats right for me....hehe, im kind of a lazy horse...hope that helps!
    3841 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/27/2010 5:00:02 PM
  • *MADHU*
    I luckily have a club membership and it is about 10min drive without traffic. If I wake up early in the mornings, I go to the gym. If I sleep in and have to workout in the evening, I exercise at home using workout DVDs (have a mat, set of dumbbells, resistance band and skipping rope) or go for a walk/run in 2 parks that are at a 5min walking distance from home.
    3845 days ago
    I do most of my workouts at the gym because of the variety of equipment. I do have some hand weights and resistance bands at home. However, I need some heavier weights for some of the exercises I do. The heavier a weight is, the more expensive it is. Thus the need to go to the gym and use their weights. more variety.

    You don't need a gym membership to lose weight and be healthy. You could do this entirely at home. Resistance bands can and do provide a very good strength workout. As for cardio, you can do anything you want. You could do DVDs, take a daily walk, take a martial arts class, take a dance class, go swimming, cycling, skiing, etc... it's all good.

    As far as the gym, check around. see what "deals" are being offered. Many many gyms are offering some really good deals to encourage people to join. Some have been offering free PT sessions. With our economy in the hopper, lots of places are offering great packages. Check around. See what's out there. It doesn't hurt to ask and all gyms will give you a free tour. Some will even give you a free week's pass so that you can try the place out.

    Check your area to see if you have a Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness is a no frills gym i.e. just cardio equipment and weights. BUT, it's only $10 a month. So, if you want a no frills gym, that would be the place to go. I do like the Y, but I think they are a bit pricey when you consider that Planet Fitness is $10 a month.

    You really can't go wrong with any of your options. I hope everything works out for you.

    -- karen

    3845 days ago
    Hi Reeta,
    I do both whichever is conveinient as in the forces we dont have to enroll for gym we are members by default so when ever i feel like i go to gym otherwise home videos etc sometimes when i am really motivated i just burst into exercise even in the kitchen emoticon but these days i am just getting back to routine so walking with DH is the keeping me motivated.
    3845 days ago
    I prefer working out on my own and at home, reason being I am very conscious of ppl looking towards me. I do the home videos, yoga and walking...Give it a try, you have nothing to lose, as you said./
    3845 days ago
    i workout at home..no choice i guess..but wen at home in india i go swimming and to my clubhouse gym and also to national park for my morning walk with my mother.
    3845 days ago
    if u can buy set of weights then u don't really need gym
    u can easily workout with videos at home

    i have kept my gym membership only for weights..
    3845 days ago
  • KOMAL53
    I don't really work out---my Yoga routine is slow and rhythmic---and I do it at home early morning.I prefer using the Living Room because then I don't need to switch on either the Fan or the Lights----I love the early morning half light and the gentle breeze wafting in----my most favourite 2 hours each day!!!I'll restart the routine after a monthlong break due to a sprained back----can't wait for the 1st.of September!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3845 days ago
  • NICE125
    Hi, Thanks for the thumbsup!

    As you might have noticed, I workout on my own, run/walk and then I do have an elliptical and treadmill at home- helps to have a husband who is into fitness even tho he rarely uses those machines!! So I just have to say "dont you think you would benefit from some weight machines?"and within a week I get them. Sneaky?!!:)

    And then I do some free weights, some yoga at home. I would love to belong to a gym just to do the classes, did attend some Zumba classes last year which I LOved. This year am planning to take some belly-dance classes thru the community courses.

    ON my own is good, and sparkpeople and the friends I have here help with motivation- I think thats a major factor!!

    Good luck with your choices!
    3845 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Hey Reeta,

    howz it going? Well I had a gym membership but was restricted by time. So now I run/walk in a park, do video workouts and have an elliptical at home. So i jump n it whenever I can. But home workout needs a lot of motivation:)
    3845 days ago
    Home works well if you are disciplined enough to keep it up with home distractions

    gym works well if you have the funds and can get yourself away from the home to get there regardless of the time to get there that it does take.

    I prefer the gym myself, but I don't have that kind of funds (my local Y is an hour away and my log gym I was a member of I can't afford to go to it) so for me working out at home is the best option - that and hubby loves walking and working out so he's my work out partner.
    3845 days ago
    I do both. I use the gym & work out @ home. I like it for the variety. I use the gym more in the winter & do dvds & stuff @ home in the summer.
    3845 days ago
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