Turn your home into a Fit­ness­zone

Make the heart healthy.

Woman's Era - - Short Story - By Val­sala Menon

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.

Mir­rors

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.

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