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Get fit this summer - five reasons to ditch the gym and work out from home

Get fit this summer - five reasons to ditch the gym and work out from home

Summer diets often come with bold promises that you can 'shed a stone' or get your 'best-ever beach body' in as little as two weeks.

Many people though prefer to avoid fads and simply want to lose a few pounds to lead a healthier lifestyle and benefit from having more energy. But joining a gym isn't for everyone and it can be difficult for busy professionals to exercise regularly, particularly those who are spending long hours at work or commuting, or both!

*Research suggests that Britons waste around £558 million annually on unused gym memberships, with one in ten stating that they hadn't set foot inside their gym for more than a year. The main reasons cited for infrequent attendance include overcrowding, dirty and sweaty fitness equipment and awkward changing room encounters.

Being active helps you lead a healthier lifestyle. Whether you wish to ditch the gym or keep fit whilst still achieving a work-life balance, Wesleyan Bank offers five reasons to work out from the comfort of your own home to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, regardless of your budget.

Save time and money - according to research, the average *cost of an adult gym membership is £47 per month and around a fifth of members (21 per cent) visit their gym just three times a year - resulting in each session costing them £188.

Unless the gym is close to your workplace or home, you may face additional commuting time which could test your resolve to exercise during long working days.

As well as saving time and money, working out from home is particularly convenient for busy professionals who wish to be healthier without being reliant going to the gym.

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Choose your own equipment - it's possible to create an effective gym within the comfort of your own home, which over time can be more affordable than committing to an annual membership at a fitness club.

All-in-one 'home gyms' are space-efficient and versatile, ensuring you can have a comprehensive workout by choosing from over 70 gym-quality exercise options.

Leading home-gym equipment systems include flexible weight adjustment to help increase your upper and lower body strength as well as toning your legs, abdominal muscles and biceps/triceps to improve your fitness levels.

It only takes 20 minutes - High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is this year's leading fitness trend and alternates between intense bursts of physical activity followed by short, sometimes active recovery periods (or even complete rest).

HIIT requires minimal equipment - dumbbells, kettlebells or a medicine ball will suffice - and can provide a fat-burning workout to boost your stamina and conditioning.

HITT exercises can be completed in 20 minutes or less, ensuring that even the most time poor professionals can incorporate fitness techniques into their daily routine and achieve tangible results.

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Technology can track your progress at home - previously consumers had to rely on high-tech elliptical equipment at their local gym to monitor their heart rate and how many calories they had burned.

However the increase in popularity of wearable technology and health monitoring apps, which have achieved 25 per cent year-on-year growth, now make it easy for people to track and analyse their physical condition and activity patterns from anywhere.

The most advanced wearable fitness trackers are compatible on all iPhone devices as well as Android smartphones and can constantly measure your fitness, quality of sleep and step count 24 hours a day.

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Relax in total comfort - supreme massage chairs offer the technological capabilities to provide a unique mixture of multi sensory relaxation at the touch of a button.

Bluetooth connectivity enables you to control the chair from your smart device where you can select from an extensive range of massage options, such as head, neck and back which can be seamlessly adjusted based on your body's preferences.

Advanced massage chairs are also equipped with vibration and a heating function to relax your muscles, offering you the perfect way to unwind in the privacy of your own home after a stressful day.

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When investing in home gym equipment, it's important to consider how often you will use it and which techniques are best suited to your health and levels of fitness.

If you decide to take out a loan to pay for fitness accessories and technology, always be mindful of tempting offers and check the small print as the lowest rate is not always the best option.

You may also want to consider reviewing your home insurance cover when enhancing your home, either through purchase of new items or increasing its overall value. 

* Survey carried out by Banana Moon Clothing in March 2017 into the habits of 1,000 UK gym-users

** 2016 sales figures of wearable devices released by IDC

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