If you are serious about losing weight, getting fit and turning over a new leaf with your personal health then you know that exercise is vital. The benefits of regular exercise is immense and it improves virtually every aspect of your mental and physical health. While most of us have the desire to work out and to be fit and healthy, the real challenge is to actually do it - and do it regularly. We basically have two choices. We can either join a gym or we can buy home fitness equipment. Each has its own unique benefits and disadvantages. Lets look at those quickly to help you make a more informed decision.

Firstly, joining a gym immediately gives you access to a wide range of fitness experts and if you are someone that needs a bit of guidance and encouragement then the personal trainers and instructor led classes may just be the answer. Gyms usually have a wide range of equipment and many of the bigger gyms have swimming pools, saunas and a wide range of classes and fitness activities that not only keeps your workouts exciting but it adds a level of dedication. Being around people who are working out and being in that environment of activity and fitness can be very positive and seeing all those fit bodies can be a real inspiration.

Gym memberships can be expensive though and unless you go regularly you may be wasting away money that can be spent elsewhere. Gyms can also be a hassle and an inconvenience if you have to drive there.

Home fitness on the other hand is very convenient. In fact, you can do your workouts in the comfort of your own home - at your own time and with all the privacy you need. Gyms and health clubs can be intimidating and many women who are overweight find it too intimidating which is why it can be a great idea to train at home. Home fitness equipment comes in many shapes and sizes and the disadvantage is that you probably won't have nearly the quality or quantity of equipment that a gym might offer. Depending on what type of equipment you buy, it can be a sizable investment but even a treadmill and an elliptical trainer is still less than a gym membership - and you own it so its really a much better investment financially.

Unless you are self motivated it can be a challenge to get yourself to work out at home. Yes, its convenient but sometimes its too convenient. In the end it really depends on your own individual personality, financial position and fitness goals.

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Article by John C. Burrow - Please visit John's website for more infromation and advice.