Our expert says:
Absolutely, well put! I think a lot of people have been "told" that gym is the way to train - it's an associate that has been made for us, and I guess one would call this clever and effective marketing!
But you're absolutely right, it's not an essential requirement. I think that there are some challenges when trying to exercise EXCLUSIVELY at home, but if they are recognized, then there is no reason why training from home is not just as effective as anything else you can do. The biggest challenge at home, in my opinion, is the routine it offers, in that sometimes it becomes too convenient. The machine and equipment is there now and it'll be there in 20 minutes, one hour, 3 hours. NExt thing, the day is over and you haven't trained! One could argue that the same problem exists for gym, but the "event" often provides the incentive to train. This is easy to overcome, if you have a programme and a bit of discipline. Plus, some encouragement from a signifcant other helps!
The other challenge is boredom, which is why I always suggest that even if 80% of the programme is from home, I would still suggest something outdoors to provide variety. A walk once a week on weekends, for exmaple. These can also be family events, or partner events, where you get some social stimulation if desired.
But all in all, as long as one takes ownership, training from home will be mighty effective. Like you say, a programme/plan is the key starting point, and then you just have to commit to it (and to someone else if you can, always helps!).
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