Mental Health – There are also benefits to your emotional health through a feeling of accomplishment by setting milestones and hitting your own personal goals and targets. It can be hugely motivating and can lead to an improved positive mindset and sense of self.
Confidence – An improved body image can really help with building your self-esteem and confidence which lead to being more assertive in both your personal and professional life.
At the gym vs at home
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of both going to the gym or deciding to stay at home for your cardio workout:
Access to specialist equipment including cardio machines such as the cross trainer, cycling machine and even, swimming pools and spa facilities in some more pricey gyms and health clubs.
Dedicated personal trainers on hand for advice, support and guidance to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
An annual or monthly gym membership can be expensive and a commitment.
The cardio section of the gym such as use of the cross trainer can be the most popular and busy part of the gym which can be daunting if you’re a beginner – or you may just prefer the privacy of your own home!
Free cardio exercise from home with no membership to pay such as running up and down the stairs (no, we’re not joking!), star jumps, squats and burpees.
You’re not restricted by the gym’s opening hours. Exercise anywhere, anytime and on your own terms.
Typical cardio equipment like a cycling machine, cross trainer or a treadmill can be an expensive investment and may be impractical for some people as it generally takes up a lot of space in the home.
No access to personal trainers or group classes for support and guidance.
What are the benefits of doing the Couch to 5k for beginners?
Everyone has to start somewhere, and deciding to take positive action, however small it might feel, is an achievement that should be celebrated.
Couch to 5K is a programme developed and designed by the NHS to be easy, practical and accessible for everyone. Whether you’ve never run before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 5K is a free and easy way of getting fitter and healthier.
Taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression.
If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime like Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.