Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made at the beginning of the month? The most common resolution is, of course, the ubiquitous “get healthy and stay fit”. Well, if you’ve already lost that new gym membership card, maybe it’s time to invest in your own home gym. If you don’t think you have room in your home or in your bank account, think again! Here’s everything you need to begin creating your dream home gym on any budget.
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Dedicate a space in your home to your workouts.
First things first, you should find a place in your home where you have some space for storage and floor workouts. Unless you have an entire room or area you can dedicate to your home gym, consider using a spare bedroom, office or large living room area to double as a workout space when needed.
Stock up on gear.
You don’t need a lot of equipment or bulky machines for an effective workout space. In fact, some of the best home exercise equipment is actually quite inexpensive and small. And just a few basics are all you really need for a full-body workout.
Any good home gym will have some standard workout tools. A jump rope, yoga mat, resistance bands and a good selection of workout DVDS are great to have on hand and can provide various intensities of workouts.
Work on those muscles with dumbbells and small weights. They are good for quick, isolated strength moves that you can do anytime, whether you’re watching TV or focusing on your workout. This Weider Vinyl Kettlebell Set from Jet.com (2% cash back) works the whole body.
Organize your equipment.
Once you’ve gotten all of your equipment, you need a way to organize everything or a place to store it between workouts if it’s a shared space, like a living room. If you can, dedicate a few shelves or bins to organizing your fitness equipment. You can get creative with ways to keep everything you need for your workouts dust free, tidy and even out of sight when not in use.
If your workout space happens to be the living room, it’s nice to have options for hiding all of your equipment when guests come knocking. Seamlessly integrate your fitness into your home by using a storage compartment like this Large Tufted Ottoman from Target.com (2% cash back) to stow away your gear. It also has wheels, which will make it easy to clear a space for your cardio bursts.
Give it some feng shui.
Boost your energy levels and make your space as light and airy as possible with as much natural light as you can get. You may also want to add a mirror to your exercise room. It’s not only a great way to monitor your form during exercises (and a great motivation tool), but adding a full length mirror or two will make a small space feel double the size and more like a real gym.
And, stay motivated with signs or posters of motivational phrases or sports heroes. We like these encouraging decals from Overstock.com (4% cash back) with phrases like “The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes” or “Fitness is Not a Destination, It’s a Way of Life”. Posters like this one of Muhammad Ali and this one of Marilyn Monroe lifting weights from AllPosters.com (9% cash back) will also inspire you to sweat!
Don’t start slacking on those New Year’s resolutions. No matter how small your space or your budget, these home gym design ideas and essentials will help you create an effective workout space that’s easier to get to than the gym!
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