How many of you have a gym membership that you aren’t even using on a regular basis? An unused gym membership is definitely a waste of money each month! Let’s break down the 8 ways to work out from home so you can cancel your gym membership.
Average Gym Membership Cost Per Month in 2021
An analysis of gym membership was recently done by Runrepeat. They compiled the prices of the different membership plans at 16 popular gym chains in the US (as of January 15th, 2021) to analyze the average gym membership costs in 2021. After analyzing the data they found that the average monthly cost of a gym membership to enjoy the benefits of working out in 2021 is $37.71. Prices vary as well based on the membership; ranging from $31.00 with lower-tier memberships to $44.42 on higher-tier memberships. On an annual basis, this would be an average of $372 a year.
What Percentage of Gym Members Actually go to the Gym
USA Today reports that a full 67 percent of gym memberships go completely unused. But even among those who do use their gym membership, many are not exactly what you’d call regulars. Per Finder.com, 56.6 percent of members use the gym twice a week, 20.7 go once a week, 6 percent go once a month, and 7.4 percent go less than once a month.
Considering the average gym membership costs $60 per month, that’s quite a lot of wasted money. In fact, Americans blow $397 million annually on gym memberships that they never use.
But what if you cancel your gym membership and commit to workout at home options? Here are some ideas that make the transition easier:
Schedule Your Workout Routine
Start by creating a weekly workout schedule and add these to your calendar. It is important to carve out time for fitness. Aim to schedule at least 40 minutes a day for your workout from home routine. You can cut it up into 15-minute intervals. Take one day off a week or alternate your workout between an at-home stretching routine and a daily at-home fitness routine.
Make your at-home workout routine similar to you heading to a gym. Put your workout clothes, shoes, and water bottle all where you can see them.
Find Free Workout Routines Online
There are numerous free workout routines available for you to stream from anywhere, especially in light of the pandemic. You can also purchase DVDs if that is something you are into. We are also seeing more and more fitness videos cropping up on YouTube and various social media channels. From yoga to fat-burning, HIIT to dance, there really is something for everyone’s tastes and abilities.
Create a Home Gym
A few key pieces of home gym equipment are essential to your home workout experience. Buy smaller items that are not only useful while you work out from home, but are also easily portable, items such as resistance bands, a kettlebell, and a foam roller. Find a space at home that would work best for you and equipment storage. Sports psychologist Mark H. Anshel, Ph.D. says “To motivate yourself to enter and remain in your exercise environment, make it pleasant and inviting.”
Get the Right Gear
Having the right workout attire to complete your exercises can sometimes be just as crucial as having the right fitness equipment. While it might not seem as though your clothing makes a significant difference when it comes to your daily cardio, what you wear can in fact have a huge impact on both your stamina and your motivation.
Take Your At-Home Workout Outdoors
One of the best ways to make your workout from home routine successful is to move your workout outdoors. If you have an outdoor space, set up your laptop or phone outdoors for a workout full of Vitamin D. This is a great way to not only work out from home but boost your immunity too. A bit of sunshine boosts your mood and the fresh air is good for your overall health.
Keep your workouts fresh by switching up your routine. Change your jogging route, mix and match exercises, use an app once a week. Find a unique blend of different exercises that works for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit here. Try working out during different times of the day or opt to try a new way of exercising. Take advantage of the freedom you have to set your schedule from home and make the most out of a less-than-ideal situation.
Find an Accountability Partner
If you’re struggling to stick with your exercise plan, I highly recommend getting an accountability partner. Find someone to run with every morning or to come over and do a workout with you three times per week.
Ask a friend if she’ll be willing to keep you accountable every day to follow through with exercising. This means that you’ll text her, call her, or email her to let her know what you did. Having an accountability partner to help keep you motivated is awesome.
Track Your Progress
It’s important to keep track of your exercise each week and to see the progress you are making over time. You can use something like Nike+ or log your exercise on a site like SparkPeople or by using a journal, if you are more of a pen and paper person.
We are all looking for ways to save these days. It’s much easier than you might think. One way to help get your budget on track is to cancel your gym membership if you can. If you enjoy it and can afford it then continue. If you are looking at ways to cut expenses then consider eliminating your membership. We hope these ways to work out from home and save were helpful.
What are your best tips and ideas for staying fit while working out on a budget at home? We’d love to hear!