I’m sure you’re like most men, or people, who fight a constant battle with the gym: You’re too tired to go, it’s too far, and you’re just too busy to get there and get in a workout. Scheduling time to workout is no easy feat, especially with a packed schedule that so many of us have. For so many of us the gym can be a waste of space, time, and money: Gym memberships are incredibly expensive. The average monthly cost for a gym membership is $55, according to StatisticBrain.com. Other interesting stats also worth noting: The average amount of money that goes to waste at the gym in $39 a month, and 67% of people with gym memberships never even use them. So, 67% of us have already found valid reasons not to go to the gym.
The gym can be a great means to an end to getting in shape, especially if you work with a trainer that pushes you more and requires you to be there. But, for a lot of people, the gym can actually be just another distraction that prevents you from getting in shape.
Let’s take a look at some reasons not to go to the gym and some problems with going. However, if you’re already a devout gym goer or attend regularly, this list is not meant for you or to convince you to not go to the gym. (But read it anyway!)
1. Travel time
Guess what? You already spend a large chunk of your day commuting to work, and for many us, going to the gym is just adding more to our daily commute. If you’re lucky and your gym is right around the corner, that’s great, but for some it can be a 10- to 20-minute walk or drive. This time may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things because at the end of the day you’re benefiting from working out — but think of all the time you could save during your week to add to your precious free time.
2. Working your reps in and sharing equipment
If you’re planning on working out in the afternoon (during your lunch break), you better be prepared to wait for machines or share them with others in between reps (which is a huge pain in the ass). You may be spending the majority of your precious time waiting.
Although we touched on cost of a monthly gym membership, we can take the numbers a little further. If your gym membership costs, on average $55 a month (which doesn’t sound like that much money), for the entire year you will end up spending about $660 — over a five-year period you will be spending upward of $3,300 on a gym membership. Think of all the things you can do with all this extra money.
No matter how nice the gym is that you go to, they all smell and they all have gross people with horrible habits and smells emanating from them that can make anybody nauseous. And this all before they get into the locker room showers, which are basically cesspools of bacteria. Gross.
5. Other people
On the same note — people. I cannot tell you how many times I have been to the gym and see people that go just to sit around and show off their “new” workout gear. These people take up space and are just a huge distraction.
Really start to take into consideration whether or not the gym fits into your lifestyle. If you’re still on the edge or now feel convinced that the gym is not right for you, here are some alternative workouts to try instead.
Alternatives to the gym
There are so many different types of workouts you can do whether at home or outside to get your daily activity in — the only challenge is to stick with it. There are other exercise solutions that work.
This is a very effective, quick, easy form of exercise. Bodyweight exercises literally require that you lift your body weight and challenge exercises that use only your body as a weight training tool. They also get you into great shape and help develop an awesome physique — no gym required.
Specifically, these exercises will greatly depend upon your current level of physical fitness, strength, body weight, and additional equipment that can easily be stored at home. You may also want to consider getting a pull-up bar that will open up a world of great exercises an hanging movements. Here are some examples of bodyweight exercises:
- Body row or chin-up/pull-up
- Jumping jacks
- High knees
- Mountain climbers
- Glute bridge
- Split squat/lunge
- Bird dog
Give some of these best bodyweight moves from Men’s Fitness a try.
For more cardio to add to your routine, one of the best things to try is getting outside and running before you have your first cup of coffee in the morning.