We plugged in at home and worked remotely, children learned virtually, we all ordered groceries for delivery, made DoorDash and Uber Eats essential, and we learned new skills and hobbies. We also saved money by successfully working out at home.
Although gyms have more equipment than home workout areas and personal trainers to teach us how to use the equipment, let’s face it, gyms are expensive. The monthly fees can start to rival far more necessary monthly bills that most households have and are often a financial burden because most require clients to sign a year-long commitment contract.
If you are someone who has struggled through the cost but still contemplating working out at home to save money, you aren’t alone. Many are on the fence about giving up their gym membership until they research and discover just how much they save by working out at home.
Here, we will break down some of the costs of gym memberships and show how much you can save.
Costs of gym membership and benefits
Gym memberships aren’t cheap. Sure, many offer promotions to get you in the door, but once that promotion period is over, you will pay.
The average cost of a gym membership is around $40 per month or $480 per year, per person. Many gyms offer a household discount, giving a lower price to the second person in the same household who joins the gym.
That means that a couple could possibly pay around $700 for a one-year gym membership.
It is true, there is a lot of equipment at gyms for use. In addition to machines, there are also classes like Zumba, yoga, and dance that most gyms include in memberships. As ala carte items, classes can run between $12-$20 each.
Attending a few of those, along with getting a workout, you are getting good use out of your membership.
However, several gyms have specialized classes such as spinning and pilates paid in addition to the regular membership costs. That could mean running your $40 per month costs upward to $80-$100 per month if you enjoy specialized classes.
Working out at home and its benefits
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or mathematician to know that you will save money if you don’t have a gym membership. But I want to go beyond that.
Don’t just drop your gym membership and not work out. You can have a workout that is as effective as a gym at home, even without all the gym equipment. It takes determination and creativity.
some home workout ideas to consider
Everyone has access to areas to walk, run, jog, or hike at home or close. However, your community isn’t walker-friendly; consider using the track at your local community college or high school.
f you are a scenery buff, head to your downtown area for a morning walk or jog, where you can sightsee while you work out. Remember, it is free; and comes with many benefits.
On those days when the weather doesn’t permit outside walking, there are several exercises that you can do at home that don’t cost a thing. The internet is full of tools and step-by-step instructions for working out at home.
Other benefits of at-home workouts
- You don’t need a babysitter.
- You can multitask while working out – dinner in the oven.
- There are things around the house that you can use.
- You don’t have to look presentable.
- You can set your schedule.
- You don’t have to wait on machines.
Items you need for a home workout
If you have decided to work out at home and cannot think of items to use other than standard workout equipment, consider buying used equipment. Many consignment shops sell things like:
- Free weights
- Resistance bands
- Yoga mats
- Pull up bars
- Workout bench
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If you prefer a more specialized workout, you can buy pilates equipment or a workout circuit for home use.
No matter how you look at it, working out at home saves money and can quickly be done without distraction or wait time. Although gyms offer many benefits, the benefits of home workouts outweigh gyms, and it doesn’t take a lot of equipment to create your home gym setting.
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