Forget The Gym Membership: Working Out At Home is Better For You

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How many times have you heard someone say “I haven’t been to the gym in months” even though they’re still paying a monthly fee for it? It’s very common: we all get the urge to go on a fitness spree once in a while, and sometimes, just sometimes , that involves the costly decision to join the gym. It seems great to start with, but it rarely lasts. Soon come the days where you just can’t be bothered , or it’s too cold to leave the house, or you’ve had a hard day at work, or… well, eventually you’ll probably even stop coming up with excuses and just pretend the gym doesn’t exist.

Don’t feel bad, I’ve been there. Lots of us have.

There’s an obvious solution to this dilemma: how about cutting out the middleman and exercising at home? For most people, it’s the act of getting to the gym that puts them off going. If your gym is in your house – hey presto, it suddenly becomes a lot easier. Better, your home doesn’t charge you any membership fees (unless you’ve got some very strange set-up with your housemates and/or significant other), and you don’t even have to look presentable in fancy and expensive work-out clothing. That old t-shirt you got in Ibiza ’99 that’s still got sunscreen stains on it coupled with the paint-splattered leggings you wore to decorate the living room? Perfect! Even your underwear will do. Just, er, close the blinds and spare the neighbours.

The best thing about setting up a gym at home is that you can choose exactly what exercise equipment you want, whether it be a treadmill, a rowing machine or an elliptical trainer. You may already have your own preference if you’re a seasoned gym-goer, but if you’re looking for an all-round work out, then an elliptical trainer is probably the best piece of equipment to start with. Elliptical for runners – or non-runners, or even if you’re something of a newbie to regular exercise – is a logical choice, because it doesn’t strain you in the same way that running on a treadmill (or on the road) would. It’s low-impact on your joints, but high-impact on cardio training.

That gym you hardly ever went to would have had several elliptical machines , and they were probably the most popular there. At home? No queues, and no fighting for the best machine. It’s all yours .

Elliptical training has the added benefit of working both arms and legs. Why choose between leg day and arm day when you can do ‘em both at the same time? Most elliptical machines come with handles that also work your arms –  all of NordicTrack’s professional-grade equipment does – although there’s also a static grip if you prefer to give them a bit of a rest.

At the gym, people typically jump around from machine-to-machine depending what kind of impact they want their workout to have. Most elliptical trainers allow you to adjust how hardcore you want your exercise session to be. Need a less strenuous workout? Turn the resistance right down. When you’re really wanting to get the blood pumping and the sweat flowing, crank it right up to 11. Elliptical machines are completely versatile and their flexibility makes it perfect for your home gym – especially if you don’t have the space (or money) to have several machines. There’s simply no need.

Another benefit of working out at home? You can plonk yourself in front of the TV and exercise away to your favourite programme. Sure, that old gym had some TVs too, but you couldn’t choose what was on. No need to miss out on Top Gear or Doctor Who anymore. Some elliptical trainers even come with a built-in tablet stand so you can stream whatever you want – or even do a bit of multitasking – as you burn those calories.

Let’s face it: the idea of still being able to effectively exercise without the stress of having to go to the gym is an intriguing one. While the initial outlay for an elliptical workout machine may seem expensive, when you consider just a year’s worth of gym membership, you’re soon going to be saving yourself some money. NordicTrack has a range of ellipticals to suit all budgets, so be brave, cancel that ill-used gym membership, and give yourself the home workout you deserve.