Sweat in place: Need ex­er­cise mo­ti­va­tion? Set up a gym in your home.

Hav­ing your own work­out room is the ul­ti­mate con­ve­nience. Here’s how to set one up.

Milwaukee Health - - DEPARTMENTS - - LIND­SEY AN­DER­SON

BE HON­EST: How much time do you re­ally spend work­ing out? If you’re not get­ting 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate ac­tiv­ity each week (or 75 min­utes of vig­or­ous ac­tiv­ity), you’re fall­ing below the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. But you’re not alone: Two out of three adults don’t ex­er­cise enough, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

Hav­ing a work­out room in your home elim­i­nates a whole bunch of ex­cuses, in­clud­ing the need to trek to and from a fit­ness stu­dio or jog­ging path. You don’t have to con­tend with bad weather or traf­fic on your way there. And you def­i­nitely don’t have to worry about span­dex-clad cy­clers or run­ners judg­ing you for sweat­ing too much.

Although some peo­ple ben­e­fit from the added struc­ture that comes from join­ing a gym or sign­ing up for fit­ness classes, con­ve­nience of­ten trumps ac­count­abil­ity. Fit­ness ex­pert Cather­ine An­der­sen – who co-owns Achieve Per­sonal Fit­ness with her hus­band, Michael – shares some no-non­sense tips for set­ting a home gym up here.

Mir­rors are a must-have – they can lighten and brighten your space while also al­low­ing you to fo­cus on your form.

Dec­o­ra­tive touches, such as plants and a luxe rug, help make a home gym more invit­ing.

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