Creating your own home gym offers you a convenient way to workout more easily and more often. It helps eliminate some of the excuses for avoiding your workouts. With even a few simple pieces of gym equipment in your home you can get exercise any time you have a few free minutes. But there are a few things to consider when designing a home gym that you will actually want to use.
Choosing A Spot
First, of course, it is important to choose an available space in your home. This can be an extra bedroom or even a guest room that isn’t used very often. A basement can be a good idea if you want to keep it out of your main living area, just make sure it’s a space where you won’t mind spending time regularly. If you are short on space consider getting compact or portable gym equipment so you can move it if you need to use the space for something else.
Fitness Equipment & Goals
Consider your available space and your fitness goals. If you know you want a large piece of exercise equipment design the room around that. If you prefer floor exercises and workout DVDs, or weightlifting design the room around that.
When shopping for fitness equipment buy the best you can afford. Cheap equipment or equipment that isn’t made well will provide a poor experience and it may end up impacting the frequency of your workouts. Figure out what price range you can afford then read plenty of reviews to see which models seem to be the best rated. Then go try out those models to see what you like the best.
Design To Motivate
At one time a home gym could mean a piece of exercise equipment thrown in an available space, but today it isn’t uncommon to see a whole room specially designed with exercise mats, fitness balls and a few pieces of exercise equipment. Now people work on designing a workout area that is more inviting to make as it is easier get motivated about working out in an inviting space.
Paint and decorate your home gym in a way that will motivate you or provide an escape. For some this means beautiful outdoor pictures they can look at and imagine they are running or biking outdoors; for some this means surrounding themselves with trophies, yet for others this means a good sound system or a television.
Remember the purpose of your home gym as you are designing it. It should be a positive place where you can easily fit a workout into your daily schedule. The more you like it the more apt you are to use it.