Getting motivated to workout is one thing, finding the right place to do so is another whole thing.There are basically 4 places you can workout: at home, to the gym, outdoors and in a fitness trail (kinda outdoors but still different). The right place for you to workout entirely depends on different factors and even most important: where you will feel well, to keep you motivated and going on the long run. Here’s how to determinate which place is the best for you:
This is the most important thing to decide where to workout afterwards. You need to set up your objectives, which is made of your motivation to start working out (lose weight, tone yourself, release stress…), how much effort you want to put into it (everyday, on weekend when you have time…) to plan ahead your type of workout (Cardio, resistance, a mix of both).
Once you have a plan, you need to look around you : check the weather in the area where you live (warm most of the year, rainy, windy, cold…), the equipment you might have a home, the nearest gym’s equipment, as well as the price of the workout accessories you are willing to purchase. Once you do have all these elements, it is easier to see where you might be comfortable to workout. For example, if you only want to do cardio, running and cycling and you live in California, maybe working outdoors would be the best solution (and would save a membership at the gym). On the other hand, if you live in a studio and want to get toned, maybe the gym would be a better option.
What might work best for you might not be in your own town. If you are going to school or work in a different place, check and compare both places. They probably have different amenities and some might be more accessible or enjoyable than others. For example (personal life experience here) I do have a gym in my street at home (5 minutes walk), but the resistance area is very tiny, the cardio room does not have any treadmill and they mostly offer classes, such as resistance and Zumba. The cost is 250€ for the whole year. Pretty nice, but I come home around 7 pm every day and the last thing I want to do is to go outside around 8 pm to go to a class. Therefore, I found a gym close to my workplace where I can go in the morning, at noon or in the evening. There is a lot of space, tons of cardio machines including a ton of treadmills. It is 900€ per year but it suits my needs better and I know I stick to that, so it is the best option for me.
Before your ” first day “, I would suggest to take a tour in the area you want to workout. Gym gives tours to show the changing rooms, pieces of equipment as well as introduce you to the different classes they have. If you decide to workout outside you might want to see whether it is crowded or not (for example if you have space to bike), as well as the toilet and water areas. It will prepare you and you will see a little bit more what to expect on your first day !
We often say that everybody is different and the gym is a succession of trial and mistakes until one’s finds what is right for its own body. It is the same here: if you decide to run outside and you do not like the area (too crowded, polluted, not clean nor safe), you can always change it! Same thing go for the gym : I try as much as I can to take memberships where I do not have to subscribe for a year because so many things can actually happen in a year that we never know. Therefore, if I do not like the gym or I cannot get used to it, I can always change and try something else. The price is usually between $5-$10 more than yearly memberships.
Now that you have set up a goal, made plans and found your best place to go workout, focus on yourself and on your plan. Do not get distracted by others. I like to watch ” secret eaters ” and ” fat families ” on TV and it just breaks my heart when people say they hate going to the gym or workout or even sometimes go outside because of what others people think of them. The thing is, you have to start somewhere, and no matters how you look, people will look at you, as anyone else. Do not be discouraged by that, people will get over it and if you show consistency, they will get used to seeing you and you will lose weight or tone yourself. Also, I found a great article with the pros and cons of working at home and at the gym, if you want to check it here (http://www.laparoscopic.md/weight-loss/exercise/location) (this is not sponsored)
Finally, if you still cannot decide, I found a great article with the pros and cons of working at home and at the gym, if you want to check it here (this is not sponsored, I just found that online and I thought it might help you)
Where do you like to workout the most?