I started Best Body Bootcamp last week not only because I enjoyed the program in the past, but because I recently quit the gym. Here's the thing about me: I quit gyms a lot. Since we've lived in this area, I have joined and cancelled at least five gym memberships. I don't find them as a great "lifestyle" choice for me. Even when I (hopefully? eventually?) start a new job, I don't want to be that girl I used to be: the one that drags herself to the gym every day after work. To me, that's not sustainable and apparent in the fact that I stop going entirely for weeks at a time.
Instead, I needed to replace the gym with a program that I could do at home. And one that would be just as effective. Luckily, we have an apartment gym that has:
- three treadmills
- two ellipticals
- a few weight machines
- a cable machine
- ab balls
And at home, I have:
- yoga mat
- 5lb dumbbells
- 8lb dumbbells
- 12lb medicine ball
And that's really all I need to get a great workout with Best Body Bootcamp (and I could definitely do it with less). How great of a workout? Well, picture me sprawled on the floor in a pile of sweat. Actually don't, that's not a pretty sight.
My point - which always takes me three paragraphs to make - is that you don't need a lot money or a lot of equipment to get a great workout at home. The benefits of working out at home are pretty obvious: saves time, saves money, can listen to loud music, access to your own (clean) shower, and afterwards, you can spend 20 minutes laying in your sweat pool while you watch Ellen.
It's very freeing to not be obligated (because you a paying for it) to go to a gym every evening. Just like I've learned with healthy eating, it's about making a lifestyle change that you know will be easy for you to stick with.
Well, of course until I get bored of at home workouts...you know how it goes.
Speaking of at home workouts: follow Cynthia on Instagram. She has been working out from home for a few months now and has seen incredible results. She's a total inspiration.
Gym rat or homebody?