Carving out space for a home gym
Having a home gym is perfect for anyone who wants to exercise more and wants a way to be able to do it conveniently and avoid excuses like the weather or inconvenience. Plus, with a gym in your home you’ll be able to work out, clean up and go about your day without having to lug it all in and out of a car or wipe down someone else’s sweat from your favorite exercise machine.
If you have a spare bedroom, finding space for your gym is solved. But what if you don’t? Basements and garages are tempting gym spots, but if they’re not heated or airconditioned that could discourage you from exercising. Instead, look for a corner of a room where you could create a gym space.
No matter what type of exercise you prefer, there are several things you’ll want to do whether you lift weights, walk on a treadmill or do yoga. The first is to find good flooring. Look into interlocking gym mats that you can use to outline your gym or your gym space. These mats are terrific for almost any type of exercise.
Second is lighting. Make sure you have adequate lighting from windows or from overhead fixtures. If there’s a window in your gym area, consider adding a large leaning mirror to the opposite wall. However, if you’re converting a room into a gym, give some thought to adding mirror on one wall. The mirror will help to keep you motivated and check your form at the same time. Overhead, add a track lighting style fixture to brighten up your gym area.
Other ideas for your gym include adding a TV so you can watch and ride your exercise bike or run on the treadmill. Give your gym some musical inspiration with Bluetooth speakers so you listen to your favorite workout playlist. Add a hook on the wall for a towel and place a basket on the floor against the wall to store clean towels.
A dedicated home exercise area with good flooring and lighting can be a motivator.