Like so many other people these days, you might have grown sick of dragging yourself to the gym and grinding through sessions, and decided to bring the gym to you instead! If you’ve got the space and the budget, setting up your own home gym can be a very smart move in getting closer to your fitness goals. Obviously, this is a very big project, and you’ll want to get it right the first time. Here are a few tested tips for building a great home gym.
Get the Décor Right
Okay, the décor isn’t the most practical aspect of how your home gym is going to start out, but it can have a big impact on how motivated you feel when using your home gym, and it’s certainly something you need to bear in mind. To help yourself keep energized and motivated during your workouts, try to make the space as brightly lit and airy as possible. Ideally, you should have a lot of natural light coming in through the windows and doorways. While getting a new window installed may not be practical, you can add as many extra light sources as you need. Tap lights can be a great way to imitate recessed lighting, or alternatively, you can buy a couple of lamps that give off a soft, white light. Furthermore, a few house plants will bring up the oxygen levels in the room, particularly bamboo and spider plants. It’s also a good idea to purge the whole room of any distractions and clutter. Gadgets, devices and general mess that can take your attention away from your workout all have to go.
Stock It Up
You might have been browsing a lot of pictures of other people’s home gyms, and seeing these, thought that you need to spend a small fortune to build a gym that’s going to be any good. This really isn’t the case! You don’t need a truckload of equipment and expensive machines to make your home gym a good place to exercise. In fact, a lot of the best home workout equipment is relatively small and affordable. You can forget about getting a wide range of weights, and instead check out the complete guide to adjustable dumbbells from defendyourhealthcare.us here. If you’re going for gains, you may need to buy some new weights as you get further into your plan, but in the beginning, a set of small, adjustable weights can be more than enough.
To make your budget go further, you should be prioritizing more versatile pieces of equipment. Foam rollers, for example, can be used for core strengthening, kneading out muscles, and as a prop for various yoga poses. Read a complete list of foam roller exercises at womenshealthmag.com. You should also avoid wrecking your bank account on a new treadmill or bike trainer, and instead opt for an easily-stored jump rope (or you may be able to find one at your local thrift store.) Remember, there’s no need to source everything you want for your home gym at once, especially when you haven’t got the layout and storage figured out. Instead, start off with a few core pieces, and gradually build it up from there. You’ll be able to save even more money on your home fitness plan by putting off new additions until birthdays, Christmases, and so on.
Get It Organized
Once you’ve sourced all the equipment you’re going to use in your home gym, the next thing you need to think about is storing everything in between your workouts. This is especially important if you’re going to be using a communal space in your house, such as the living room or basement. If it’s practical, set a few shelves or storage bins aside you can use to organize everything necessary for your workout plan. Wall racks, Ottomans, and so on, can also be great solutions. Of course, it’s your place, and you know the most efficient way of storing your stuff better than us! Have a look around the space you’re going to be using, and get creative. There really are countless ways to keep everything in your home gym neat, protected from dust, and out of the way when you’re not using it. It doesn’t have to be all in one little place, as long as you can access it!
We hope this little guide has made building your home gym much easier. As a final piece of advice: actually use it! Far too many people go to all the trouble of making a home gym and just let it gather dust. Don’t let the convenience lull you into laziness!
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