Going to the gym everyday is just not a possibility for many people, whether it’s about taking care of the kids or managing the busy hours at the office. If you are stuck at home all day, it doesn’t mean you need to be stuck on the couch all day. If you cannot make it to the gym every day, make the gym of your own in the convenience of your home. So no matter what reason you are stuck at home for, these steps will help you transform your living space into a fitness area.
Selecting The Right Home Gym Space
You don’t always have to set aside an entire room which is devoted to fitness, and the extra space in the basement, the attic or even the garage can be just the space you need. It should be large enough to accommodate the fitness gear, along with a few more factors, such as:
- How is the flooring of the space? If the home living space where you wish to set up the gym has a carpet, it can be tough to get out the stains and will start to smell pungent when you keep sweating. So you can either buy an expensive vacuum and constantly keep the carpet clean, or just go with a space which has hard flooring.
- What about the height of the ceiling? You are going to perform various exercises in your home gym, and many of those exercises with include jumping. Unless you wish to end up at the hospital with a head injury, make sure that the ceiling is at least a foot higher when your arms are extended upwards.
- What about the ventilation? Performing vigorous exercises such as cardio on a hot day will make you feel uncomfortable, so good ventilation is significantly important. Whether it is for getting rid of the heat or the odor after a good fitness session, your home gym must be well ventilated.
- Are you big into fitness supplements? Make sure you have appropriate shelve space to store your pre and post workout supplement needs. Consider the location of where you could put a mini fridge to accommodate protein and/or energy drinks.
- What about the sound? Exercising and groaning while you are at it, may not be something your children or your significant other wants to hear at night. So having your workout room too close to the kids bedroom or your bedroom may not be the best idea.
Selecting The Right Equipment
Once you are certain about where your home gym is going to be situated, it is time to look for the right equipment. If you wish to give your home workout space a professional touch, you can just hit the local fitness store and order a fitness station, which has multiple different types of gym equipments built in a single piece of equipment.
However, make sure that you have taken the measurements of the room before you order the equipment. Even if you want to start slow and build up your home gradually, cardio equipment such as an elliptical trainer should be one of the first equipments to be added to your home workout space. You can use adjustable dumbbells so that you don’t have to buy a separate set, just interchange the weights and you are ready to go.