5 Reasons You Don't Need A Gym To Get In Shape

Written by Ines Festini

Do you sometimes feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? It's challenging to keep the right balance between family life, work life and your free time, not to mention finding the time to hit the gym and get your workout in.

Lack of time is usually the think that keeps us away from our health goals and out of the gym. It makes sense, as the time it takes to drive to the gym, get changed, do a workout, shower and get home can take up up to two hours out of your day—precious time you simply don't have.

The good news? You absolutely don't need a gym to get in shape and stay on track with your healthy lifestyle goals. Here are five reasons you can get in the best shape ever without stepping foot inside a gym.

1. You can train anywhere.

Your body is an amazing machine, no additional weight or equipment needed. All you need is some space in your living room, your bodyweight and a proper training plan. This gives you the freedom to adjust your workout plan according to your agenda and removes the "I don't have time" excuse for good.

2. You'll have way more variety.

There's a widely-held belief that bodyweight exercises are boring and not as effective as machines. But in reality, it's actually the opposite and the possibilities are endless. Beside squats, push ups and planks, there are wall sits, push ups and scissors. Bodyweight exercises focus on the body's natural movements (pushing and pulling), and therefore have fewer limitations in the range of motion compared to exercises on machines. In other words, you train more than one muscle at the same time, making it way more effective.

3. You'll be able to actually track your progress.

When you work out at home, you don't need to think about sets and weights. It's really simple to track your progress with bodyweight exercises, as you only need to count repetitions and track time. To make it even more fun, spice up your routine by competing with yourself. Always try to be better than last time and beat your previous workout results.

4. It's (more) effective.

It's a misconception that people who'd like to lose weight and burn fat need to spend hours in the gym doing extended sessions of cardio. But shorter, more intense workouts are the way to go. This is especially important for people who want to get in better shape but are constantly short on time. Sure, you could do those short 20 minute workouts in a gym as well, but why would you?

5. It's cheaper.

Do you pay for a gym membership and never go? We've all been there and you're not the only one. If the gym isn't working for you, cancel your membership and start working out the smart way. Invest that money in a personal trainer who can help you to establish an effective training routine in the comfort of your home.

Train at home isn't only cheaper, it's more effective, simpler and less time consuming. Just make sure to challenge yourself and perform your workouts in the most effective way. The harder you work, the sooner you'll see some results!

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