This week I got a new exercise bike because my old one broke and couldn’t be repaired.
I have a desk job and spend a lot of my time sitting at my laptop – even more when you take into consideration time for the blog and my studies.
I enjoy going for walks, but I need something a bit more challenging to get the heart rate going, and also for it to be something that I can do on my own.
We already had the cross-trainer, so now the new bike has been put alongside it to replace the broken one.
I wasn’t looking for a lot of added functions on the bike because many of them are things that I can’t use. Anything electrical is not useful because I can’t operate the touch-screen to use the programmes. So I needed a basic one, but also not the absolute cheapest, because past experience has shown you often get what you pay for – and a cheaper one is not economical if it breaks and you have to replace it!
If you like going to the gym, I’m not here to stop you! Everyone should do what works for them. But here are 10 reasons why I like having exercise equipment at home.
- Saving time – I put my exercise sessions into my diary like meetings that I have to attend. Then I just need to add in a few minutes to change, and time for a shower afterwards, but I don’t need to build in time getting to and from the gym.
- Any time of the day – it doesn’t matter if it’s dark outside or not the safest time to travel. I can work out in the middle of the night if I feel like it! I usually don’t, but the option’s there, whereas most gyms are shut at this time.
- Always good weather – unlike if you’re going out for a bike ride or a run, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. Whether it’s windy, rainy, or the roads are dangerous with ice – it doesn’t matter. Conditions are always good inside!
- Hygiene – if it’s not clean, then there’s only one person to blame! But I do enjoy working out in a place where there haven’t been lots of other hot and sweaty bodies!
- Cost – there is an initial outlay because you have to buy the equipment, but once you’ve made this investment, there are no additional charges. You don’t have to think about whether you’re getting the best out of your gym membership or whether you’re getting your money’s worth.
- No annoying background music – you can listen to whatever you want to at home. For me, it’s usually music, a podcast or an audio book. But I don’t have to think about anyone else’s taste in music or background noise being too loud.
- Accessibility – I can’t access the displays on my equipment. If I want to use a timer or measure my steps, I use my phone. But in terms of actually using the equipment, we’ve chosen things that aren’t operated by a touch screen. The bike has a manual adjustment knob if you want to make it more difficult. So I don’t have to worry about equipment that can only be used when sighted assistance is around. In terms of cycling, I’m not reliant on a tandem front rider – although I do enjoy tandem cycling when I get the chance.
- It doesn’t matter what other people are doing – nobody is watching me. Nobody sees if I take a break! I don’t have to watch anyone else showing off!
- You don’t have to set up the equipment every time – the bike is set up for a short person, which means I don’t have to readjust it each time or do a flying leap just to get into the saddle! Ok, S might use the equipment too, but he generally puts things back to how I had them or doesn’t change them at all. This isn’t the case with equipment in a public place.
- No excuses – it’s much harder to find excuses not to do exercise when all you have to do is go to a room in your house! I try to get in there each week day. Occasionally I still don’t make it – especially if I have a tight deadline or a day with back-to-back meetings, but there’s much less that stands in the way of exercising at home, which increases the chance of it actually getting done!
Of course there are some disadvantages – the main ones for me are not actually moving anywhere and not getting out into the fresh air. Some people may struggle for space too, because these things do take up room.
But it’s a way I can be sure that I get regular exercise. For me, that makes it worth the investment!
How about you? Do you have any exercise equipment at home, do you prefer going to the gym, or do you get your exercise in some other way? Let me know in the comments.
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