Lots of people still don’t exercise because they think that you need a gym for that. One of the reasons why people think this in the first place is because the marketing people behind the gyms themselves never let you forget it for a second. They like to spread the myth that if people aren’t in a gym, they’re never going to get in shape. You don’t even need fancy exercise equipment in order to get in shape, and the fancy exercise equipment definitely doesn’t magically need to be at a gym.

Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with using a gym if that’s what you really want. I’m not insulting gym users. However, I really do understand why a lot of people don’t want to use gyms. For one thing, getting to the gym all the time can be really annoying. You might not have a gym that is conveniently located in your area. If you don’t have your own car or a reliable car, it’s going to be even more irritating to get to a gym.

Then there are the fees. One of the great things about getting your own treadmill or elliptical trainer or whatever you like is that if you use it often enough, it more or less pays for itself. It’s like an investment. That never happens with the gym. You keep on paying the fees and paying the fees and at the end of the year, you’ve spent a lot of money on the gym. Most people only use a few machines anyway, and they’re really better off just buying those machines. Within a year of saving money on the gym fees, they will have already accumulated enough money to buy exercise equipment themselves.

Gyms are not kind to poor people. One of the many reasons why poor people often don’t get the exercise that could help them reduce their medical bills in the long run is that exercising in their area is difficult and they would have to pay for the ridiculously high gym fees if they wanted to get any exercise at all.

Lots of obese people have a hard time at the gym too even if they are both obese and fit, which is a very real combination that the gym crowd tries to deny. Sometimes, the other people at the gym are actively mean to obese people. They might make the larger gym-goers feel self-conscious.

However, in some cases, conventionally muscular or thinner people at the gym might be really condescending to the larger people at the gym. Big folks at the gym get people telling them ‘good job,’ with the assumption being that they don’t go to the gym all that often or that they need thinner people to tell them all about how great diet and exercise really is. People of all sizes can benefit from exercise. Many of the health risks correlated with being obese disappear if the obese people in question still eat well and exercise, especially if they are confident about their size. If you’re obese and you think that you need to brave the gym and some of the obnoxious people at the gym in order to get healthy, rest-assured that you don’t.

If you have any space at all in your apartment to walk or to do strength-training exercises, you don’t even have to leave your apartment in order to exercise. Setting up an exercise mat on the ground and doing some basic strength training exercises can be more than enough. Using milk bottles instead of free weights is going to tone your arm muscles just as easily. If you can find anything in your house that requires you to use your muscles in order to lift, it’s something that’s going to work well when it comes to toning your muscles.

Do you have enough space in your apartment to move back and forth at an even reasonably brisk pace? You can take a walk inside your house that is going to burn calories and keep you fit even if you never want to leave your house. You can do that while listening to music and you don’t have to worry about finding a safe place to exercise outdoors. You definitely don’t have to pay anything, and you don’t have to worry about judgmental people at the gym. One way or another, you’re going to be fine if you exercise indoors.