Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

When you make the commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, eventually your thoughts will turn to exercise. Or rather what’s the best way to check exercise off your to do list. Your next thought might be should I join a gym?

My answer? Do whatever will get you moving. For me and many that attend fitness classes or hit the gym, we can exercise at home but not at the level we do when we’re at the gym. Why? The motivation, support, and camaraderie help us push through when we really don’t feel like exercising.

For others, they are motivated and disciplined enough that they will exercise each day on their own. They may have fitness equipment in their homes, have a dedicated yoga or pilates practice they follow or possibly they walk or run daily.

If you find that you’re struggling to stay consistent with an at home exercise routine, consider these reasons for joining your local gym:

• Paying for that gym membership can be VERY motivating but there is also something to be said for working out with like minded people. Many friendships are started in the gym which is important for folks that may live alone or are self employed working from home.

• More options. When you have a treadmill at home, you’re going to use that treadmill a lot. I personally get bored on indoor cardio equipment preferring to be outdoors. But what happens when the weather keeps you inside? The gym has more options to choose from.

• Focus. There’s not much to do at the gym but workout. There isn’t laundry waiting to be washed and folded. There isn’t cleaning to be done or kids to be picked up. Nothing to interfere with a good 30-minute workout.

• Energy. You are inspired to push a little bit harder when working out next to someone that is giving it all they got.

Will you still get a good workout at home? Absolutely. If like I mentioned above, you are the type of person that is self-motivated, a good piece of equipment may be all you need. Working out at home is also convenient. You don’t need to get in your car to drive to the gym. Simply slip on your shoes and get moving. 

Whether you decide to exercise at home or at the gym, it needs to work for you. If you’re self-motivated and know you’ll exercise no matter what life throws at you, working out at home may be your winning ticket. On the other hand, if you find too many distractions at home, getting out of the house may be a better choice.

Whatever you choose, get up and get moving. Have an amazing week.

To your health,


Denise Sanger is an over 50 health/lifestyle blogger and speaker. Known for motivation, inspiration & loving the BEACH. Certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Gym. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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