With the outrageously pricey contracts required to become a gym member, home gyms have recently become an investment that many homeowners are getting serious about.
The convenience and personalization of a home gym allows you to streamline your workouts and take advantage of the pockets of time you have to exercise. Planning a home gym may seem like a daunting task, but it is well worth the investment.
Often, home gyms take up the leftover space in a house, like an attic, a corner of the basement, or a spare room. If you’re a cardio machine lover, dedicate a large area of the room to your favorite machines, including a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical. If you frequently use free weights and resistance bands, install a heavy duty weight rack and over-the-door band hooks. For those who enjoy workout videos, dedicate a spot to house your TV, DVD set, and stereo, making sure the space in front of it is clear.
When designing a home gym, functionality often trumps beauty. Remember that valuing functionality doesn’t mean your space has to be drab. Adding a mirror wall is not only a good idea so you can pay attention to your posture while working out; it also adds an element of space to the room that makes you feel less closed in. And if your idea of working out is folding into complex yoga poses and stretching your tight muscles, set up an empty space with mats and calming decorations.
A home gym is all about you. It’s your personal space that is tailored to your favorite workouts. Don’t just buy a machine or a set of weights because that is what you expect to be in a gym. Buy the things that you know you will use every day. If you need a TV to distract you from running 10 miles, mount a flat screen on the wall so you can watch your favorite shows while working out. If you are focused on relaxing and escaping from the outside world, create a calming space where you can reflect and find your zen. Of all the rooms in your house, the home gym is one of the most customizable. Take advantage of that opportunity. You won’t regret investing in your health and wellness.
A healthy self is a happy self. What types of workouts do you enjoy doing at home?