Over the next three articles we’re going to look at the pros and cons of:
1) Home exercise to lose weight
2) Losing weight by training in a gym
3) Losing weight through running.
Everywhere you look today in the media someone is trying to tell you THE best way to lose weight and keep fit. Friends, family and colleagues will all have an opinion about what is right for you. In short the truth is that there is no one best way for everyone, there is only what works for you, your circumstances and lifestyle. By all means try different options, but listen to your heart and do what works out best for you. Take into consideration convenience, accessibility, financial cost, effectiveness, availability and sustainability.
So first of all is it possible to use home exercise to lose weight ? In short, absolutely. Training at home is a great way to lose weight. I mean it has to be right? It’s free, it’s easy to get to because in an ideal world you would live there so it’s agreed this is the most convenient place to lose weight. You won’t have to waste time going to the gym/swimming pool and you never have to worry about the weather, looking good is not important, no one cares what you’re wearing in your own home, indeed you could train stark Â naked should you see fit! I mean, so far this seems like the perfect solution… but not so fast, read on and understand why this is not for everyone.
I remember when I was growing up in the family home, my eldest sister went through more home exercise to lose weightÂ phases than you could possibly imagine. The stationary bike (this turned into a clothes horse within 3 weeks), this stepper thing, exercise videos (no DVDs in the late 70’s and 80’s with a wide variety of…. shall we say special folk leaping up and down and screaming at you). All that remained after a while was very little weight loss and a pile of good intentions taking up space in her bedroom. My point is no matter how enthusiastic we are, working out at home is rarely the solution to someone’s fitness goals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are many people out there who train hard, frequently and consistently at home with amazing success, but in my experience these people are knowledgeable, determined and tenacious folk. It’s very easy to get distracted at home, cut the workout short, start checking your e-mails as you hear that all too familiar beep from your iPad or responding to the ever growing needs of your children, the list of distractions and reasons not to train starts to become endless.
In short, if you have the knowledge, tenacity, perseverance and the will to succeed then choosing home exercise to lose weight could be for you but if not look elsewhere for the knowledge, motivation and support needed to ensure your investment of time and energy pays off.
Watch out for the next installment on Home exercise to lose weightÂ next week.
Please comment below on any home training you use to keep fit!