25 reasons the gym is better than running

25 reasons the gym is better than running

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IN THE PAST, we’ve told you all the reasons running is better than the gym. Now, we bring you the 25 reasons the gym is better than running. But, we’re not being contradictory. Hear us out. The truth is, both going to the gym and running are great ways to get in awesome shape, lose weight, build muscle…you get it. However, there are certain things that just make the gym better than pounding the pavement. So, don’t quit running, but consider joining a gym as well. Hey, you can run there too, and the gym can actually make you a better runner (really—just check out #7).

1. The gym gives you access to personal trainers

Working out with a personal trainer is a great way to make sure that you’re performing exercises with proper form, not only so you get the most out of them, but so that you prevent potentially sidelining injuries, says trainer Allyson Signaigo. “Most gyms offer an orientation of some sort to get you started with a beginner’s program.” Plus, even if you don’t generally work with a trainer, there are always some floating around the gym who would be happy to answer any “Am I doing this right?” questions.

2. The gym is open, rain or shine

Sure, you can run in the rain, but most guys don’t. “With the gym, you can’t use bad weather as an excuse to skip your workout,” Signaigo says.

3. The gym’s weight racks burn crazy fat

Minute per minute, weight training wards off abdominal fat better than cardio does, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health. That’s because, while cardio burns both fat and musclestrength training burns calories from fat almost exclusively, while at the same time building metabolism-boosting muscle that helps you burn calories long after your workout.

4. The gym is climate controlled

Sure, when it’s below freezing or above 100°, working out indoors feels great. But sticking to indoor air temps can also prevent frostbite and tight muscles that lead to injury (when it’s cold out), and heat stroke and workout-wrecking electrolyte imbalances (when it’s hot out). Plus, gym air is also filtered to keep car fumes and other pollutants from clogging your windpipes, says Erik Moen, P.T., founder of Corpore Sano Physical Therapy in Washington. Better air means better workouts.

5. The gym comes with massage therapists

After your workout, it pays to hit up the gym’s spa. Massage promotes muscle recovery after tough workouts, while preventing scar tissue and injury, according to a 2015 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting.

6. The gym packs a ton of workouts in one

Kettlebells, yoga, powerlifting, rowing, spinning, and, yes, even running: The gym lets you perform them all in one place.

7. The gym can make you a better runner

Without the gym—including strength training, yogacross training, and hip and core work—you wouldn’t be able to run for very long. The gym gives you the chance to give your body the strong base it needs to run long-term,” says Sarah Evans, C.P.T., a personal trainer and running coach in San Francisco.

8. The gym hits your entire body

While any running newbie will feel some burn in his backcore, and arms after his first few runs, running does work your legs more than anything else. In the gym, though, you have access to the tools you need to hit every muscle, Signaigo says.

9. The gym costs money

Sure, that probably sounds like a con, but your membership fees might just be the investment you need to actually hit your workouts, says Signaigo. You don’t want that money going to waste, do you?

10. The gym’s yoga classes can boost your energy

When researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursingreviewed 81 studies on yoga and aerobic exercise, they found that yoga is better at improving balance, flexibilitystrength, and energylevels compared to aerobic exercise (like running).

11. The gym gets you around other gym-goers

There are lots of benefits to working out in a building filled with other sweaty people: They can help motivate you, spot you, and the more experienced ones may even be up to showing you a thing or two, Signaigo says.