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Dislike the Gym? Skip it.

Updated on January 12, 2012

While some people love going to the gym I am not one of them. I don’t like the time limits on machines, odd sounds of people grunting, or when people don’t clean off their machines. For me I prefer the comfort of working out in my own home. It is perfect for me, because I don’t have to go anywhere. I also don’t have to worry about anyone judging me, because not going to lie I am not the most graceful person in the world. Nor the most experienced in working out.

At Home Work Outs

I also love working out at home, because I do not have to shell out a gym membership fee each month. For the way I like to work out going to the gym would be a waste of money. Lifting weights is completely not my thing so I go for simpler equipment. After looking through many reviews I came across the perfect workout for me, Pilate’s firm band. Many people reported seeing results within the first week of use. The band creates enough resistance to tone your body so that you see results. This is exactly what I wanted, because I am not looking to bulk up. I wanted to tone my core, thighs, and arms. Let me tell you the Pilate’s Firm Workout definitely does the trick.

I picked up this workout from Walmart for $10.00 and it was so worth it. I actually lost around 10 lbs from this DVD. I have also noticed a considerable difference in how tone my arms and thighs are. I even saw subtle changes within the first week of using this workout. The DVD consists of a 30 minute workout broken down into segments for each part of your body. This a DVD for beginners, but you definitely feel every workout so you know it’s working. The band actually comes with the DVD so all you need to buy separately is a thick workout mat for your comfort during floor work. There is actually a great deal of it so I recommend you getting a mat, but it is up to you. Personally, I love any workout where I get to lay around. Ha!

Besides Pilates there are many at home workouts you can do. My friend and I have taken up playing Zumba on Nintendo Wii and the Just Dance games as well. All of these games get you up and moving. You will burn off a lot of calories and you won’t even realize you are working out, because you are having fun. Doing this with a friend was perfect for me, because we laugh a lot. This gets us through the burn.

Another place to check out for stay at home workouts is YouTube. They have many videos that will get you fit. My personal favorites are the ones for Yoga. Some Yoga DVDs can be pricey so free YouTube videos from experienced users are fine by me. I have also found that they have a good selection of aerobics videos too. The best part about using YouTube is that you know the workouts will be relatively short. You don’t have to worry about using up a big chunk of your day.

You can also find a good selection of home workouts in those magazines you subscribe too. I have found a lot in magazines such as seventeen and cosmo. Most of these exercises only require a mat or a chair. These are good and quick exercises for people on the go. I am one that isn’t into working out for five hours. I want quick and precise exercises that target my problem areas.

If you have some money to spare you can also pick up some home gym equipment. For example for Christmas my mom got me a gazelle machine. It is awesome, because when I am not using it I can fold it in half and slide it under my bed to hide it. That way there isn’t a big machine creating clutter in my room. So if you are interested in getting some equipment, do some research first. I also suggest that you read reviews to see how satisfied other customers were with the product.


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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub, I love working out at home so much more than the gym. A) I'm not good at sharing and B) I don't like people watching me while I sweat and work. I'd like to try zumba for wii, I just haven't invested yet!

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      StephHicks68 oh my P90x is killer I thought I was going to die the first time I tried it! HA! Very effective though.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I work with a personal trainer at her home, so its not quite the gym, but also not a DVD. I've heard a lot about P90X and considered looking into it. Great article for many people who either dislike the gym or are intimidated by going there. Rated up!

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      It's funny you put this hub today, because I tried to cancel my membership to LVAC but of course there's no such thing as a cancellation.

      voted up and awesome.

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Ya Zumba for Wii is great. I really recommend that you stretch first or else you will be very sore the next day. It is a tough workout by really fun.

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      Shell Vera 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I dislike the gym completely but love to work out at home where I can also incorporate my little one. Thank you for the reminder about the variety available and also for the note about You Tube. I never thought to look there for exercise videos! SparkPeople has a lot of options for videos to watch as well! I have been thinking about the Zumba for the looks like it could be fun!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's not so much that I dislike the gym, but I dislike working out. Unfortunately, it needs to be done for good health. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thank you for reading!

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      Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      A Hub after my own heart. :) I'm someone else who doesn't want to go out to a gym. Between schedule and my own personality, that's just not very appealing to me, For my purposes, a few pieces of equipment and a great collection of fitness DVD's (for variety) means being able to work out without GOING out. :) It also means working out can be a bigger part of life (and home) than just going out to a gym every x number of days and then returning to a life (and maybe home) where working out is something for somewhere else.