Cardio is a fantastic type of exercise as it gets your heart rate going, your blood moving, and (as a bonus) serves you up with a nice endorphin boost at the end of your routine. But there are so many ways to do cardio exercises outside or at home, so why do people still go to the gym for this?
When you see the behaviour as an outsider, it’s quite difficult to get an answer, but it is easy to explain why gyms are still people’s favourite when it comes to cardio. Actually, there are several important reasons and below you can read detailed descriptions for each of them.
Specialised Instructors & Trainers
When you train by yourself, you’ll still get a kick out of your cardio routine, but it’s not the same compared to having access to specialised trainers. A trainer or instructor knows how to push your limits to get better, faster results whether you’re looking to get fit or just lose weight. Even more, they will know when you’re doing an exercise wrong.
Finally, the quality of exercise is not the same. For instance, if you choose to do your cardio on a bike in the park, you won’t get the same intensity out of your exercise as you would in a gym, on a stationary bike. In the gym, the bike comes with several levels of difficulty and you can maintain a constant rhythm of activity. On the other side, in the park, you have to avoid pedestrians and other bikers, and you can’t pedal too fast.
Besides the well-trained instructors, a gym membership also gives you access to a wide range of specialised equipment which is designed to protect you during a cardio routine.
For instance, running is a good cardio exercise, right? Well, if you do it outside, you may run the risk of hurting your joints because concrete is a very hard surface for running. On the other hand, if you choose to do it in a gym, a treadmill provides cushioning and the impact is not as severe on your joints.
If you find it difficult to go to the gym, it’s common for many people to rent equipment. Treadmill, exercise bike and rowing machine hire is becoming an increasingly popular option.
While you shouldn’t go to the gym to socialise, this will happen anyway (unless you really don’t want to). You may find the people you work with quite interesting and many may have interesting advice with regards to diets, exercise, or other common passions you share.
You may even get the opportunity to learn about a new challenge or diversify your cardio routine with a new and highly effective set of exercises. The gym is a great place to meet people who can keep you motivated on the road towards fitness.
To Get a Break
For some people, a trip to the gym where they get to be with themselves and simply workout can be seen as a break from the world. They feel free and happy when they get to lose themselves in the exercise and see other people doing the same thing.
It can also be seen as a break from the family life. For instance, if you have young kids and you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work from home, you may feel the need to break free from time to time. This is perfectly normal and the gym provides just this type of escape.
Yes, cardio is a type of exercise that can be practiced at home or outside, but if you don’t have an exercise buddy, it can get lonely. A friend who runs with you every morning can be very motivational, especially in those days when you’d rather put your hair in a blender than go running.
Still, when you don’t have that friend, going to the gym can be the next best thing. Even if you don’t talk to anyone there, seeing all those people working out can be a powerful boost for your own motivation.
Overall, even if gyms are not everyone’s favourite place for cardio, they do offer a variety of perks we have to appreciate. And if you still can’t make it, you can always rent a treadmill from the comfort of your own home.