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5 reasons for not working out at home. Photo: crossfit.com

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]orking out at home is the most convenient and stress-free way of keeping fit. You are on your own, in the comfort of your own home and shielded from the pressure you may feel if you were at a gym or any other public space. Sometimes, that can be limiting and here are 5 reasons for not working out at home.

5. ANTISOCIAL

Obviously, the gym isn’t the type of place you’ll just go to for a coffee and chat with your best friend. Whilst most people are out of there as soon as they finish their session the opportunity to socialise will present itself from time to time and can be responded to if you are in the mood for a chat. This cannot, by definition, happen if you workout alone at home.

When you workout at home you isolate yourself and you don’t have that contact with other likeminded people. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but if you workout at a gym, you are likely to put more effort into your routines.

You are also likely to pick up tips (good and bad) on various exercises and techniques. You can also ask others for advice if and when you need it.

4. LACK OF MOTIVATION AND DRIVE

One of my favourite reasons for working out at home is that I can do it any time I like. The downside of that is, the lack of schedule. That makes it much easier to skip a session (or two) and before you know it, working out disappears from your list of priorities.

Unless you are really organised and strict with your schedule, you will be better off joining the gym. Then you will make the trip to the gym and, once there, you will workout.

3. LIMITED SPACE

Even though you don’t need too much space when working out, you still need to have enough room to execute your exercises without feeling like a bull in a China shop. You can do most bodyweight exercise in a pretty small space.

As you progress though, you’ll probably want to introduce plyometrics and other exercises that require a bit more room to manoeuvre.

2. LIMITED EQUIPMENT

Dumbbells and resistance bands are a good all-round weight/resistance training tools. They are good for beginners as well as the more advanced and experienced gym goers. There would be time, however, when you’ll want to include more challenging exercises.

Yes, you can increase the weight on your dumbbells and add more resistance bands but you can’t do that forever. If you are serious about your results, you’ll probably want to include cable crossovers and other machine-based exercises to challenge your muscles and improve your physique.

1. LIMITED RESULTS

The great thing about our bodies is that they adapt to change and when challenged. So when we exercise, our muscles firm up and (with time) they grow too. The downside is that we need to constantly change our routines in order to maintain results.

That’s easier when you are at the beginner’s stage of your journey to a better body. You will see results fairly quickly but then your body will adapt to your routine and the results will be more difficult to achieve.

That’s one of the reasons most fitness models and professionals I speak to, advice people to start working out at home but sign up to a gym as they progress.

Working out at home is great for beginners who need to build their resistance and confidence. We all need to start somewhere and where better than the comfort of our homes?

[quote_box_center]If your goal is to achieve a physique that’s worthy of a magazine cover, then you have no choice but to join the gym as you progress.[/quote_box_center]