Adopting a healthy lifestyle isn’t as simple as deciding to go to the gym. Often, people get stuck with bad habits due to schedules they can’t change or activities they can’t let go of. Going to the gym may mean sacrificing something that brings you comfort or happiness. You may be choosing to eat delivery pizza and drinking wine in front of the TV in a heartbeat instead of picking up your training clothes and sulking your way to the gym.
The solution: having a home gym
One great solution is bringing the gym to your home. By having a treadmill, a set of weights, and trainer equipment, you can stop yourself from making excuses. Compared to getting a gym membership, setting up your own gym at home can save you money, cut time with the commute and preparation, as well as provide you with the privacy that you need.
Before we look into the benefits of having a home gym, let us understand the common bad habits that can affect our well-being. What are the common bad habits?
- Binge eating and over eating
A common problem for those who want to lose weight, binge eating or over eating can lead to some serious health problems. Some people who binge eats would alternate purging or starving for days, depriving their body of the right nutrition. Additionally, constant purging can cause gastroesophageal issues and ulcers. On the other hand, overeating can cause weight gain that leads to obesity, which is a host to many other diseases.
- Excessive drinking
Every 1 in 13 adults suffer from alcoholism or excessive drinking. This is a bad habit that needs to be addressed as complications may include alcohol toxicity, increased dependency, and even the dangers of driving or operating equipment while drunk. Alcohol is a known depressant, and some people enjoy being in this state until it forms an addiction.
- Substance abuse
Substance abuse is another form of addiction, which can be deadly if not addressed in its early stages. In 2016, over 64,000 deaths were reported due to drug overdose. There are many reasons why some get into the habit of taking drugs. Whether it’s anxiety, the need to fit in, or an addiction to a previously prescribed opioids, substance abuse can bring many serious complications for those who suffer from it.
Out of all the bad habits in this list, smoking is considered the “top killer”. There are 480,000 deaths each year related to smoking alone, many of which are pulmonary conditions, heart problems, and other degenerative diseases. Smoking at an early age poses a higher risk for bigger complications, and can even harm others through exposure to second-hand smoke.
- Addictive hobbies
Many hobbies, when done in moderation can be beneficial and can reduce and individual’s stress levels. However, the limit can be reached when people use it as a form of escape, and are totally consumed by spending every waking moment doing such addictive hobbies–some of them include gambling, playing video games, pornography, and many others.
If you have one or more of these bad habits, having a home gym can be helpful to help you kick them out of your life once and for all. Here are the reasons why.
How can a home gym help you kick out bad habits?
- Having a home gym can help you form a new habit more quickly.
If you have read the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you will realize that habit formation doesn’t only involve consistency. It also has something to do with your habit’s “activation level”, which means the energy it takes to get something started.
Having a home gym decreases your activation level, making it less difficult for you to get started on your workout. When compared to going to a gym where you have to prepare your clothes, fill up your water bottle, get some workout music playlist, and drive your car on the way, simply going to your home gym area appears much simpler.
Many experts say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit. Being at your home gym consistently for 21 days is logically much easier than having to commute to another gym for the same amount of time.
- Having a home gym removes you from external influences.
As you begin to form a new habit, you will be less likely to spend time with people who may be negative influences in your life. Minding your fitness means spending more time working out rather than hanging out with friends who encourage your bad habits.
Having a home gym can give you more reasons to say “no” to so-called “friends” who don’t look after your well-being. Alternatively, you can encourage them to bond with you and form good habits as you both work out in your home gym.
3. Having a home gym means more benefits of exercise.
The benefits of exercise are known to many, but only a few get to fully maximize it. Bringing the gym to your home means you can make your work out schedules more consistent, without having to wait for others in line to use equipment.
The kick a person gets from addictive habits are caused by impulses sent in the brain’s pleasure controls. When these impulses are gone, a replacement must be in position in order to make the withdrawal symptoms less challenging. Exercising regularly produces serotonin, a hormone that gives a boost of energy and mood improvement.
4. Having a home gym is a good start towards a healthy lifestyle.
Purchasing equipment for your home gym may not be cheap, and this is where your commitment can start. Having a home gym is a statement to yourself that you are now starting to commit to a healthier lifestyle. This means setting up your mindset to have a healthier diet, to avoid bad habits, and to start over a new chapter.
Having a tangible way to show your commitment can be helpful. It goes to show that you are serious about staying healthy and putting your well-being as a priority.
What to do when a workout is not enough
Some people who have mild to moderate addictions can benefit from setting up a home gym. However, those who may have severe issues can simply go to addiction treatment center for drugs, alcohol or other addictive behaviors.
It is one thing to help yourself, but sometimes, you might need help from others. By taking these pieces of advice into consideration, you are on your way towards a healthier lifestyle.
Author Bio: Nicole Allen is a freelance writer and educator based in the Michigan and believes that her writing is an extension of her career as a tutor since they both encourage learning and discussing new things. When she isn’t writing, you might find Nicole running, hiking, or swimming. She’s participated in several 10K races and hopes to compete in a marathon one day.