Why workout at a fitness center instead of at home?
Working out at home is not all it's cracked up to be.
Exercising at home would seem to be convenient: you can exercise anytime of the day or night and you save time by not having to go somewhere in your car. Unfortunately, it tends to become even more convenient to put it off. Just as you go to start your exercise session the phone rings, or your spouse needs something, or the kids want to eat. And, that house work you haven't had a chance to get to is still sitting there making you feel guilty.
Now I'm not saying working out at home doesn't work or produce results, it can. However, the few people I know who have stuck to some kind of home exercise program found that their results were limited. Plus, they found it difficult to stay motivated.
What does a good fitness center provide that you might not get at home?
At the onset, a fitness center provides a different environment. Getting away from home and its stresses is conducive for a good workout. Working out in a place that's dedicated to fitness makes it easier to focus on your exercising.
Another pitfall of working out at home is the tendency to use a limited variety of exercises. Limiting the types of exercise you do causes two problems. First, your body adapts to doing the same thing over and over again, and results get more and more difficult to obtain. Secondly, doing the same thing over and over gets boring.
Fitness centers provide a variety of aerobic and strength training equipment to help stave off the doldrums and keep the results coming.
In addition, professionals are available at most fitness centers to help get you started on the program that's right for you. In short, people have different needs: one exercise program does not fit all.