If you’ve been following our Instagram feed, or even reading some of my other posts, you probably notice I work out a lot at home instead of at a gym. Is it because I don’t like the gym, or there isn’t one convenient to me? You’d be surprised to hear it’s actually neither of those.
Over the last ten years, I’ve cycled back and forth between having a gym membership and working out at home. In the first few years after my son was born, I got back into exercising at home. Mostly just using the elliptical we had, but then working my way into running.
Getting into running
I don’t know why, but I really started to take to running. And once I started to feel confident in my running ability, I started signing up for longer races, including my first half marathon. It was in training for the half marathon that I decided to start going to the gym again. This was particularly because my training regimen recommended some cross training and boot camp type stuff that I just wasn’t going to get at home.
This was especially nice during the winter months. I was living in Ohio at the time, and you just can’t run during the period of December through March. There are mild days during the winter, where temps might get up into the 50’s, making for a nice cool weather run. But when the temps are below freezing, or especially if there’s any snow or ice on the ground, it just isn’t worth it. Too easy to twist an ankle or take a bad fall.
I liked the gym I belonged to. It was kind of boutique, and definitely geared towards women. And it filled the need for me over the winter.
Welcome to Florida
Then we moved to Florida. No more snow. No more ice. I could run 12 months a year.
At least that is what I thought until Summer hit. Holy cow does it get humid here during the Summer.
So, I was back to training outdoors nine months of the year, and then using a gym membership primarily during the summer months.
If you’ve never lived in Florida, one thing I can tell you is that there is no shortage of gyms around here. There is one on every block. And they can be pretty cheap too. My membership cost $10 a month, and this was for a fully equipped co-ed facility.
I wasn’t using the facility a lot, maybe once or twice a week, but it was so cheap that it didn’t really bother me. I was getting my money’s worth.
Exercising at home
A couple things happened that started getting me working out more at home. Not just running, but actually doing a wide variety of exercises, some with weights.
First, my husband started to slowly acquire some weights and fitness gear again. He had a pretty robust setup when we lived in Ohio, but it was all down in our dark and dungy basement. We had a 125-year-old Victorian home, so I’m not exaggerating when I say that. You would just never catch me down there working out like he did.
But when we moved, he sold all of his gear. His bench, his rack, all his free weights and dumbbells. It was just not worth moving it all half way across the country. Especially since we weren’t sure what kind of place we’d end up in. But once we got set up in our new home, he started to gear up again.
The next thing that changed was we started working out together. He’s typically up first thing every morning doing some sort of workout, and he talked me into starting to do it with him. Now, we work out together probably three times a week, in between the days I’m running.
Once I started getting more comfortable working out at home, and more familiar with a wide variety of exercises, it became easier for me to work out without having to go to the gym.
It’s also a lot easier when I’m home alone with my son. I can’t exactly leave him at the house and run to the gym. But I can unroll my yoga mat and start up a routine anytime at home. It’s nice to have that flexibility.
Just in the past six or eight months since then, we’ve slowly added more gear, and have incorporated a wider array of exercises in our workout.
Making the best of what we have
Unfortunately, though, we have a very small house. Like half the size of our old home. So, things are starting to get a little unruly with all the gear. We’re in the middle of remodeling our home, and my husband says he’s got some ideas that will make storage much better when we’re done, so we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully by year end, things will be a little more orderly around here.
We’ve also discussed adding a garage and/or guest house to the property, which would provide us a lot more of the space we need. But that’s a little ways down the road.
Anyways, I like being able to work out at home. Even just being able to work out once or twice a week at home, with the rest of the time at the gym, can make a big difference.
If you’re not working out, and you’re a little shy about getting started, working out at home might be a good place to start. There’s plenty of stuff online to give you guidance, and once you feel a little more comfortable, you can get that gym membership. Or, maybe even start building up your home gym like I have.
Now, if I could only talk my husband into putting a swimming pool in the backyard. After all, that is a great form of cross training too.
Do you work out at home? How do you like it?