Create a Functional and Fabulous At-Home Workout Space
Gyms can be a challenge. Our lives are busy and going to a gym often feels like it’s taking away large portions of our days. Having a workout space in your home can really be the difference between a successful workout routine and something that you give up on. But how can you set your home gym up for success? We've got some ideas, so read on!
Should I Even Bother with a Home Gym?
Let’s address the elephant in the room. Can at-home workouts be as effective as working out at the gym? Most health and nutrition experts agree that at-home workouts are a perfectly acceptable way to get your exercise in!
Everyone's exercise regime looks a little different so a gym might be better for some people who need specialized equipment, but at-home workouts are just as good for most people. Having a work out space at home can certainly help maintain consistency when it comes to working out. People are far more likely to keep up their exercise routine if they don’t have to go to another location to do it.
At-home work out spaces also afford us privacy that we don’t have at gyms. We can design spaces in our own homes that make us feel secure and comfortable while also giving us exactly what we need. Exercising at-home can be more effective because there is less stress and you are more likely to actually work out!
What Should the Space Look Like?
Space can be a concern for many people, but at-home workout spaces can exist in very small areas of your home or they can be portable.The size of your space doesn’t really matter as long as it's functional for you.
If you don’t have a spare room in your home, think outside the box. In good weather, backyards and porches can be a great place to workout! One of the best things you can do for yourself, however, is to make sure that the space you use is usually clear. Having to move furniture and put it back and become a barrier for people who find it difficult to work out.
Bad weather happens no matter where you live so make sure you have an indoor space as well. Garages and screened in patios are great options. If you live in an apartment, take a look around and look for empty areas.
Is there a breakfast nook you don’t use? Great! Gather all of your workout equipment and keep it in a small duffel bag in that area. Anywhere in your home is a potential at-home workout space. These spaces are just as unique as the people utilizing them. The thing that matters most is that it works for you.
What About Equipment?
No matter what space you’ve created for yourself, equipment is a must. When designing an at-home workout space, it’s important to step back and consider what your goals are. After all, you may be working with a pretty small space.
Start off with what you have and then add a few more small, portable items that can help you achieve the kind of work out you’re looking for. If you’re working with a bigger space, getting larger pieces that have multiple functions is a much better idea, although that option will be more expensive.
For space saving options this portable core and strength system is perfect. You can set it up in any room of your home or on the go! If you’re looking to work on your cardio this easily stored stationary pedal set is perfect.
Even being on a budget doesn’t have to stop you from creating the workout space of your dreams. Bodyweight workouts are incredibly popular and you can do them anywhere you have access to a screen (yes, even your phone). There is no piece of equipment everyone should have. This is an incredibly personal process and your setup should reflect you and your goals.
Don’t Forget to Cool Down
Getting a good workout might be the reason to create an at-home gym, but it's important to make sure it is also a place where you can cool down. Exercise can be a great outlet for stress, but that should continue even after you’re done working out. Think about what helps you relax.
Do you like a certain smell? Blanket? Magazine? Whatever things calm your mind, have them ready for when you’re done with your work out. Having a place to stretch and relax can help you achieve a better work out and make your routine more fulfilling.
Adding a small drink fridge to your area and filling it with veggies, water and protein bars can encourage you to stay hydrated and make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need after a workout.
A back massager can also be a great way to relax from a long day and a hard workout. Don't forget some comfy absorbent towels and a luxurious robe to look forward to when you get out of your workout spandex. The ways that people relax are just as unique as the ways we exercise. Just make sure the space works for you and provides you the comfort and cool down you need.