5 Tips For Creating the Ultimate At-Home Workout Space
The nice weather is gone and the snow and cold temperatures have arrived. Recently, I decided that it would be easier to piece together my own at-home workout space rather than head out in the terrible weather twice a day to go to my local gym.
Working out at home can be the best thing you’ll ever do – but it can also make it difficult to stick to your routine. If you don’t have the proper equipment and space, you’ll begin to feel like you can’t do a proper routine and you might start dreading it.
Setting up a nice routine and having the proper equipment on hand can make all the difference for someone who consistently works out in their own home.
There are lots of things to consider when you start setting up your at-home workout space and you should have a plan ready to go when you start setting this area up.
1. Decide what equipment you will need
First, you need to figure out what type of equipment (if any) you’ll need to do a proper at-home workout on a regular basis. Do you need lots of weights? Does it make more sense to have a spin bike or a treadmill for your cardio?
You’ll need to look at your workout routine and decide what type of equipment you’ll need to cram into your home workout space to make sure you’re ready to roll every day.
2. Figure out your budget and follow it
You never want to ‘work out guilty’, which could happen if you spend a ton of money you don’t have on equipment for your new at-home workout space.
Deciding on a budget for your home gym is important so you don’t dig yourself too deep financially. After you have a number in mind, stick to it when purchasing workout equipment (no matter what the salesman says!).
3. Don’t take up more space than you have
I once walked into a friend’s apartment and immediately tripped over a weight set. Then, I had to sit on a weight bench while we watched TV. Avoid buying workout equipment that takes up way more space than you have available.
You need to look at where you live and figure out how you can make it work. This could mean you buy equipment that is foldable and can be put in a closet when you’re not using it. Or you could look at smaller variations of the equipment you need. If you have a big place and can dedicate a larger space for your daily workouts, then you can skip this step and move on to the next one. But most people will need to keep their equipment in a controlled space, which means you may have to compromise when purchasing equipment.
4. Make it comfortable
You want to WANT to spend time in your new home workout space, and that means it should be accommodating and comfortable. If you don’t enjoy your time in your home gym, you will have to continuously drag yourself into it, rather than go willingly.
Making your at-home gym into a place that makes you want to exercise is an important part of building a home gym – and can also be one of the most enjoyable parts. A few things you can put time into in an effort to make your at-home gym more comfortable are:
• Putting down carpet or foam mats on the floor.
• Painting the walls with a comforting color.
• Putting up motivating and friendly photos that encourage you.
• Finding a speaker that is able to play your music and podcasts.
• Placing a chair in the corner of the room for when you need a rest.
• Purchasing a water cooler so you won’t have to leave the room for water breaks.
There are tons of things you can do to make the workout space more comfortable and it all comes down to what YOU want.
5. Spend time in your workout space
The last step once you have built your at-home workout space, is to get familiar with your surroundings. Whether you are a newbie to the fitness world or have been working out for many years, you will need to spend lots of time in your new workout area before it becomes truly comfortable.
So get your gear on and spend a few hours a day in your home gym (if you can). It might not feel right at first but over time, it will start to feel like the place you are most comfortable working out in.
An at-home workout room will save you money, help you exercise more often, and – if you live in a place where the weather gets nasty – will keep you from having to go out in the cold. Staying active and healthy can be an enjoyable, easy thing to do – if you take the initiative to put in the time and effort.