Owning a home gym is a dream for many fitness enthusiasts and also for those of us who’d simply like somewhere more convenient and private to workout without having to go to the gym. Installing a home gym can be expensive, but there are other things you can do to get started on your workout zone without spending a fortune.
If you can convert a whole room into a workout zone, or even your garage if you don’t use it to house the car, you should consider working from bottom to top and beginning with the floor. Rubberised, shock absorbing flooring will cushion your joints during exercise and help prevent injury. You can either cover the entire floor space to create a continuous safe workout zone, or buy matting in smaller sections for those areas where it’s needed most. Even if you’re not creating a special workout room, but are, instead making an exercise space in the corner of a room that’s also used for other purposes, you should consider specialised mats for safety.
Keeping all your exercise equipment together and easily accessible makes switching disciplines easier and eliminates excuses to bypass part of your routine. Install a cupboard or cabinet, or clear off a shelf in another nearby cupboard, just to house your exercise equipment. Dumbbells, skipping ropes, hoops, balls or whatever other small items you use can all be kept neatly together and ready to hand.
Exercising to music is fun and makes the time go quicker. Upbeat music can also help you maintain rhythm during certain exercise routines and can help you stay on track by providing motivation to keep going. Make sure you incorporate a compact CD or MP3 player into your furnishings or accessories so you’ve got plenty of your favourite music to give an instant uplift and energy boost.
Whether you’re installing dedicated and specialised gym equipment such as treadmills and stationary bikes, or simply want somewhere to practice Yoga or dance routines, make sure you’ve got plenty of surrounding empty space. Try a few moves in the planned workout zone to make sure you can stretch or step as far as you need to. Nothing cramps your style like needing to be careful around badly placed furniture. Exercising or working out should be a fun and enjoyable experience. By planning the area you intend using and arranging it carefully so it suits your planned type of exercise, you can be sure of getting the most out of any routine.
Sophie works alongside Ecotile, a company able to offer gym flooring to complete the perfect workout zone.