Carv­ing out space for a home gym

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - HOME SALES - By Kathryn We­ber

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.

DREAMSTIME

A ded­i­cated home ex­er­cise area with good floor­ing and light­ing can be a mo­ti­va­tor.

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