Turn your home into a Fitnesszone
Make the heart healthy.
Gyms and fitness chains abound in the city and everywhere. But with skyrocketing prices, and that extra push needed to get us out of the house on weekends and on rainy days, people are turning to innovative ways of getting fit. Having a fitness space right inside your homes is a great way at saving on fitness expenses, and also, it can be a lot more fun.
Depending on the person you are, and also on your own fitness needs, a personalised home gym of sorts can be a great way to get in your daily workouts from the comfort of your home. Yet gym equipment can be quite expensive, and if you don’t use them regularly, you stand the risk of them occupying much-needed space, and also the equally unappealing aspect of them collecting dust. Let’s look at 10 home gym tips to get the most out of your space at home.
Make it worthwhile
Gym memberships accumulate. If your intention is to cut costs, ensure that you are well aware of what you are getting into. Draw up a budget of sorts as to how much it might cost you to invest in the equipment of your choice, and analyse whether it works out feasible in the long run.
Invest in used equipment
Most often, there are neverending listings online of used fitness equipment. Some people prefer not to take heavy barbells with them when they move houses or shift to another city. Yet others might be trying to recoup money for equipment that they no longer need. Make the most of such offers and invest in those perfectly good home-fitness gears for a fraction of the original price.
Think big, yet start small
Good habits are cultivated out of sheer consistency and persistence. Do not assume that if you invest a lot in a perfect home gym, you will continue to make best use of it by working out every single day. No. If you are not in the habit of working out daily, there is absolutely no guarantee that you will work out now, since you have your own gear at home. You run the risk of your expensive treadmill gathering dust. Hence, here’s a word of caution – start small. Start off with a few inexpensive pieces like the dumbbells and an exercise ball. Consistently use these for a few months, and then venture into
buying more gear to suit your fitness needs.
Personalise your home-gym
It’s your home, and you can decorate it the way you like. Make your fitness space the kind of place you would like to spend time in. Put up inspirational posters, add house plants, fix some nice speakers , just let your imagination run wild and make it a room that reflects your attitude and helps you slide into the fitness regime mood.
Get multipurpose equipment
Those of you who have unlimited resources of money can go wild with their gym equipment. For the rest of us, it is better to make the most of things with less equipment. Go in for adjustable dumbbells and rubber bands and similar gear that are versatile and can grow along with us. Things like fit balls, exercise bands or tubing and push up bars are inexpensive ways to create a routine that works all major muscle groups.
Become an expert at DIY
Setting up a home-gym is the perfect excuse to hone up your creative skills. For instance, if you have a loaded workbench, you can think of building complex projects like a squat rack. Add some shelves around the walls to fit your speakers on, or try to go creative with your stencils by drawing up cool designs on the walls.
Beat the cold
For those of you who have plans to set up their home-gym in garages, things can get pretty grim in cold weather or when it rains, or during the biting cold winters. You can put in space heaters but weightlifters know only too well the bite of cold steel when they step up to the squat rack. So keep in mind these aspects when you set up your home-gym.
Set aside some time as the hour for socialising
You might miss running into your buddies at the gym, and things can get a tad lonely. You might miss the energetic buzz of several people working out at the same time. Here’s the perfect solution – invite your friends over! Your new space can be the start of a fun social hour and don’t forget to tell your buddies to bring some healthy post-workout snacks.
Provide rubber mats
One of the basic things you should be providing in any homegym is some good soft floor mats. This will make the space warm and more comfortable. You can layer your floors with large yoga mats or even use foam blocks that you normally find in kids’ play areas.
Since floor-to-ceiling mirrors are way too expensive, you can opt for full-length closet mirrors next to one another to create a similar effect. Mirrors help you to check out your figure. They also help to make the room look bigger.