Working out is great both for our bodies and our minds. Still, so many of us try our hardest to avoid doing it; whenever the time to hit the gym comes, we manage to find an excuse and skip yet another gym session.
In addition, many people dislike going to the gym; struggling with their workout routine and sweating in front of other people doesn’t seem like an enjoyable scenario. If you too feel uncomfortable at the gym, you should consider building a home gym.
Not only will your personal gym allow you to feel at ease, but it will also save you a lot of time. You won’t have to take long rides and waste both time and money on transportation.
Instead, you can hop into your home gym whenever you have some time on your hands. Moreover, since you will need less time to work out, you will be more eager to do it.
If you think that acquiring home gym equipment is a huge investment, think again. While you might spend a significant amount of money at first, it will quickly pay off.
Just calculate how much money you spend on your monthly gym membership and the fuel you need to get there, and you will see why a home gym is a good idea.
Here is how you can design the best home gym and finally start working out regularly:
Find a Suitable Space for Your Gym
Many people believe that a home gym requires a lot of space, even a huge separate room. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. So if you don’t have a spacious home, there’s no need to worry; you can still manage to fit a gym for yourself.
If you have a room that you aren’t using frequently, consider transforming it into a gym. An office, an old nursery, a guest room, etc., might be good places to start. You can even use your garage, patio, or back porch for exercising.
If you, however, don’t have a spare room, you can use a small area in your home. For instance, a corner of your living room, dining room, or bedroom might serve as suitable spots for your workout sessions.
Determine Whether the Space Ticks All the Boxes
Once you choose a space in your home that will function as your gym, you should make sure that it is a good one indeed. First of all, in order for you to be energized and motivated during your workouts, the space should have a lot of natural light.
If there aren’t a lot of windows, you could add some lamps with soft white bulbs. Adding plants is another good idea; that will boost oxygen levels in the room.
Also, you should clear any clutter that could distract you. If you have some work papers lying around, you might be tempted to look at them instead of working out.
Get rid of anything that might deter you from exercising. If you decide to use a guided exercise program, make sure that you have your TV or laptop set up in front of you.
Start Buying the Equipment
When you think of a gym, you think of a lot of machines, right? But buying professional gym machines requires a lot of space and money, and not many of us can afford that.
Luckily, we don’t need machines for an effective workout. A few small pieces of equipment can go a long way.
If you don’t have enough space for a treadmill, you can use a jump rope instead.
They provide excellent cardio exercise without taking up any space. Not to mention that they are ridiculously cheap.
For those who are into stretching, a yoga mat and a foam roller are great solutions; those are also space-saving and affordable.
When it comes to strength training, a rower is both compact and highly-effective. You can use it to strengthen your core, tone your arms, legs, and glutes, and you can easily store it upright in a corner after each workout.
Consider adjustable dumbbells and resistance bands as well; those will help you build muscle and enhance endurance without taking up a lot of space in your home.
Stay Organized and Dedicated
Designing the best home gym isn’t a simple process. You will probably start slow and then keep upgrading until you are satisfied.
But no matter how small, all workout equipment takes up some space. In order to stay organized at all times, consider buying some bins or shelves (or clearing the ones you already have) where you could store your equipment after each workout session.
Also, you should find a good storage space that is out of the way and, if possible, not very obvious.
For example, you can shop for some hidden storage units that will make your home both beautiful and practical.
Don’t forget that all of your fitness equipment should be easily reachable; you don’t want to make it hard to gather everything in place before each workout.
Finally, stay dedicated and keep working hard! Make a pact with yourself and do your best to honor it.
It’s best to start slow and set some easily-achievable goals that you won’t have much trouble meeting. If you feel like skipping a workout, just remember that even 20 minutes can make a lot of difference.