Are Home Exercises as Beneficial as Gym Exercises?

Conference: The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)
Title: Are Home Exercises as Beneficial as Gym Exercises?
Stream: Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Authors:
Khai Yuan Lean, Chuo University, Japan

Abstract:

Data have shown that there are a total of 184 million gym members around the world as of 2020. The explanation for this trend is due to the popular belief that going to the gym allows you to lose weight and get stronger. While this statement remains true, many overlook the benefits of exercising at home. Previous research has shown that home-based training combined with diet can have a positive effect on cardiometabolic health. However, there are almost no studies comparing the effectiveness of home exercises with gym exercises. This study is conducted to understand better why exercising at home can be just as beneficial, if not better than exercising at the gym. Information found online will be collected and evaluated for this study. Contrary to popular belief, most bodyweight exercises performed at home involve multiple muscle groups and burn more calories than gym machine exercises. Performing bodyweight exercises also improves athleticism and body coordination more than gym exercises. However, if one seeks to be able to lift as much weight as possible, then weightlifting at the gym might be the superior choice. For general fitness, home exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups and squats can be beneficial for most individuals. This study is important because many people no longer have access to the gym due to the pandemic, and are seeking alternative ways to reach their fitness goals.



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