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.
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.