We all know that we should workout. And some of us do. But many of us don’t.
Many of us workout from time to time, but not as often as we’d like.
The number one reason for not working out in America is not enough time.
So how can we save you some time so that you can get your workout in?
Believe it or not, a home gym (or even just a small piece of home equipment) could be the answer you’re looking for.
Not only does a home gym save you time, but it also saves you MONEY.
Yes, a home gym (or fitness equipment in general) is an initial investment. But that investment pays you dividends in the long run.
Below are some HUGE reasons why a home gym saves you both your precious time and your money:
The Initial Investment of a Home Gym Means You Avoid Monthly Expenses
This is great for a number of reasons.
First of all, you clearly save money, money which adds up quickly over the long run.
The average cost of a gym membership in the United States is $58 per month. This quickly leads to $696 per year. Which leads to $3,480 over 5 years. Which also leads to $6,960 over 10 years. Guess what? Your gym membership has costed you $13,920 over a 20 year period. (Imagine if that money was put away in an IRA!)
Think about it:
If you make a an investment as small as $700 to get a power rack for your home or decide to go all out and spend $3,000 on your home gym, you’ve saved between $10,920 to $13,220 over a 20 year period.
Also, look at it another way:
Your overall monthly expenses go down. This either adds more money to your pocket to spend each month, or you can put that money saved to use on other investments. In the latter case, a home gym actually MAKES MONEY for you.
A Home Gym is Available 24/7
If you’re a night owl or an early bird, and your gym is closed during the time you’d like to workout, then what’re you to do? Put that time to use?
Maybe. But I’ll bet that time would otherwise go to sleeping or relaxing. And you’d also be forced to workout at times that aren’t convenient for you.
But with a home gym, you can workout at any time you want. Need to watch over your kids? Workout while they’re asleep. Are you the type of ambitious person to workout at 4AM before a jam-packed day? No problem.
How convenient is that?
You Save Time (and LOTS of it) By Not Commuting
Working out at a commercial gym involves an average commute time of 10-15 minutes to get to and from the gym. Although it doesn’t seem like that much time - it is.
That’s 30 minutes out of your day. Which is 150 minutes out of your week (assuming you workout 5 days a week). Which is 2 and a half hours. Which leads to 10 hours of your month GONE.
Wish you had more time to spend with the kids? Or with your spouse? Maybe you wish you could pick up some guitar lessons or practice golf?
An extra 30 minutes can be a lot more meaningful than you think, if it’s put to good use.
And by investing in a home gym, that time can be put to good use.
You Don’t Have to Wait for Equipment to Free Up During Your Workout
Think about this for a second:
Every time you have to wait 2-5 minutes for your favorite equipment to free up at the gym is 2-5 minutes that you can spend otherwise.
Or every time you spend 30-60 seconds to switch the weight, which you probably do around 15-20 times per workout.
That’s anywhere between 7.5 to 20 minutes!
What would you do with that extra time?
Other Ways a Home Gym Can Save Time and Money
Other ways that may apply include saving time chit-chatting with people you know or run into at the gym. Personally, I HATE when this happens.
Furthermore, if you have young children, you don’t have to leave them to go workout. This may even save you money you’d otherwise spend on a sitter! (Or it could save you time worrying!)
Have You Personally Discovered Other Ways a Home Gym Might Save Time or Money?
Let us know below in the comment section! We’d love to hear how a home gym has helped you in not just your fitness life, but your overall life!