Fitness is an important part of one’s life. Going to a gym might seem to be the most convenient option for working out, but in reality is one of the most expensive options, in the long run, thanks to a lot of charges like annual fees, maintenance fees, startup costs, membership fees, etc. Setting up a home gym has many convenient and cost-saving benefits both short-term and long-term.

Here are some reasons why a home gym beats a commercial gym in both convenience and cost:

No monthly membership cost

Setting up a home gym is very expensive; you will have to invest in equipment such as light weights, a treadmill, stationary bike, etc.. But, the fact that you will not have to spend monthly fees will save you a lot of money in the long run. For instance, your $30/month membership means you are spending $360 each year; with this amount, you will be able to purchase a dumbbell set and get incredible results. You need to look at your home gym as a long-term investment.

Invest in better gym equipment and products

Most gyms today purchase mid-quality products. Let us just say that they want to turn a profit fast, but also make sure that the equipment lasts for a decent amount of time. On top of that, the equipment is used constantly by other members as well, which further contributes to wear-and-tear. Often, you will find an exercise bike with loose pedals or seat. But, if you plan on setting up your home gym, you will be able to invest in high-grade equipment that is tailored to specifically meet your needs.

Saving a lot of time traveling

For instance, let us assume that it takes you 20 minutes to drive to your gym from your home. Add five minutes of prep time and ten minutes to shower, you spend 35 minutes one way. Journey back to your home takes another 20 minutes. Overall, you are spending an hour just traveling. But with a home gym, you will not have to worry about this. You can start your workout regime at any time you feel right. There is also no waiting for other people to finish using the gym equipment.

No excuses for not working out

Excuses prevent you from working out and training. But they are inapplicable to your home gym. Of course, while you have the freedom to choose when to gym, you will have a much harder time coming up with an excuse for skipping your workouts. While it might not exactly sound like a benefit, it can be a powerful psychological tool and provide you with more motivation.

Whether you are interested in a small and simple home gym with some free-weights, mats, and an exercise bike or a comprehensive one with barbells and weight machines, setting up a gym within the four walls in your home is definitely worth the effort, money, and time. Once you build your home gym, you will wonder why you bothered with the gym membership in the first place!