Are you considering joining a gym in an effort to help you meet your health and fitness goals? Do you want more than anything to lose weight or gain muscle and believe that a gym membership will be just what you need to get you there? 

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you are not alone. In fact, according to statistics provided by Statistic Brain, a site which compiles data from other health-related organizations such as International Health and Club Manager Central, you’re actually in the majority.

Gym-Related Statistics

Although it is estimated that 58 million people go to a gym annually, it is also estimated that roughly 67 percent of people with memberships never use them. Even the ones that do go and get in a workout don’t go that often, as the average is two visits per week.

Also, BodyBuilding.com did a study in 2012 and found that almost two-thirds of the people who set a fitness-related goal at the beginning of the year didn’t meet it. This just confirms that simply buying a membership won’t get you where you want to be. 

Why People Leave Gyms

There are a number of reasons why people leave their gym membership behind. For instance, the cost can creep up on you, making it difficult to afford. Additionally, people may decide to leave if the equipment is substandard or dirty, if the staff seems to lack knowledge about fitness, and if they don’t feel comfortable due to their lack of fitness and being surrounded by people who are in good shape. 

How to Succeed At Reaching Your Goal 

The moral of this is that you don’t have to join the gym if you want to succeed at weight loss or muscle gain. Instead, you can get a great cardio workout at home by going for a run or walk outside, and strength training is easy enough by using resistance bands and barbells to create your own homemade gym.

What are some ways that you’ve worked out without a gym membership?