Fitness is a personal thing: How much you do. Where and when you do it. What you do. What injuries you have. We are all motivated by different things, and want different results.
Staying devoted to the weekly training schedule can be difficult sometimes. Kids. Friends. Work. Deadlines. And let’s not talk about getting to the class or gym session. Weekday traffic in Johannesburg is a pain at the best of times. Add Ecomobility Month to this traffic chaos and what’s the result? … the need to stay off the road!
Ditching the gym is a little drastic, particularly if you love it. But it is useful to learn how to work out at home. It helps keep you active if you can’t get to the gym, helping to maintain and reinforce your fitness routine. And best of all you don’t need big expensive equipment to make it happen.
6 REASONS TO DITCH THE GYM
GYM AND CLASS SCHEDULES DON’T OWN YOU!
You can control what time your workout starts and ends. Sometimes the hassle of finding the right slot in the diary is off-putting … and that’s before getting to the gym!
If time is tight, your workout can be slotted in throughout the day. This is especially useful if you are at home with small children. Getting childcare or finding 30 minutes of child-free time can be difficult. But three sessions of 10 minutes is achievable.
No class to pay for. No travel costs. If you ditch the gym entirely, no fees!
There is also no need to invest in expensive equipment – a little space, a mat or towel and some music are all you need to get started.
NO MORE EXCUSES!
Have you ever turned up to the gym, having forgotten a vital piece of clothing? Trainers? Sports bra? T-shirt? This is one of the most common reasons for people to skip a gym session. If you workout at home, your workout clothes are always there.
You also can’t blame the weather, traffic or time.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ENTERTAINMENT
If you want to listen to classic ’80’s rock at full blast when working out, no one will judge you. Watch your favourite movie or series on DStv. Or chuckle away to Trevor Noah whilst strengthening your core … pilates-style. You choose.
YOU CAN DRESS HOW YOU WANT
Ah … the freedom! I doesn’t matter if you are sporting a fluorescent sports bra, polka dot leggings and bed head. Nobody will see you.
Unless of course you decide to post a selfie!
YOU ARE FORCED TO LEARN
Working out at home forces you to learn about fitness and exercise. Taking personal responsibility for your exercise routine is empowering: developing your knowledge requires research and a little creativity. To train effectively, you will need to learn a few exercises and the correct form to avoid injury. You can no longer zone out on the running machine! And the more you know and understand about fitness and yourself, the more control you have over your health and wellbeing.
… and if you need just a little bit more inspiration to get going, why don’t you try this workout by celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue.
Simone is one of Australia’s most successful fitness expert’s and celebrity trainer to Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Mat Damon (amongst others). A former ballet dancer, she developed “Body By Simone“, a workout combining dance, pilates, yoga and cardio to develop strong, lean muscles. The face of Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit For Free campaign, she has devised an online routine, so you too can experience the Body By Simone workout from home.
WATCH & MOVE:
Online workout: Get Fit For Free by Simone De La Rue