The Upshots of Working Out by Yourself

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A little privacy is nice sometimes.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen exercising as a social activity. I assume I’m in a minority in that, because otherwise there wouldn’t be public gyms, and my mom wouldn’t refuse to go for a walk by herself. But even if you do enjoy the supposed social aspect of working out, you really ought to try working out by yourself at home once in a while (if you haven’t been already for the obvious reason). Putting aside the fact that you don’t need a membership to work out at home, there are some pleasant things about a solo workout you can’t get in a public setting.

For one thing, it’s a lot easier to really put your heart into something when other people aren’t watching. Granted, some people enjoy the attention, but personally, I enjoy being able to flail around, grunting like an angry gorilla, without getting any sideways looks from those around me. Speaking of weird looks, that’s another nice thing about working out in the privacy of your home: no creepazoids or judgy Jasons. I’m not sure what’s worse, frankly; some dudebro giving me unsolicited advice, or some rando constantly staring at me out of the corner of his eye. No thanks.

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It’s also nice to be able to go at your own pace, while simultaneously not having an excuse to slack off. “I can’t go to the gym” doesn’t fly when your gym is literally ten feet away from you. You don’t need to start at high intensities to impress those around you, either; you can start small, keep it simple and work your way up, and you can do your work in any order since there’s nobody hogging equipment.

It’s still fine to work out with friends in a social setting, but don’t be afraid of going it alone and getting in touch with your fitness muse. You might just discover something new about your body.