Just imagine that the New Year has come around again, and you’ve started making the resolutions that will help you throw off the excesses of Christmas. You get a gym membership, and then, like many others, you go once and never again. You’re paying for something that you don’t use, and if that’s not a waste of your money, then what is?
Why not set up your own home gym in a spare room? It can be as cheap or expensive as you like, depending on the equipment that you want, and it’s available at any time without you having to step out of your home. What’s not to like?
Sorting out the basics
First, you need to look at your room space and determine what equipment will easily fit inside. Then, you need to think about what your fitness goals are.
If you’re looking to build up your strength, which can help you with weight loss through burning fat, developing muscle and becoming a stronger runner, then a spare room gym could be for you. It doesn’t require a whole lot of room because you’ll be using equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells. Doing strength training can improve your joint strength and increase your muscle mass and should be a priority for your home gym experience.
For aerobic goals that include running and cycling, you may be able to get out of the house and run or bike outdoors. However, this is not always possible or desirable in extreme weather, so consider installing an exercise bike, a rowing machine and a treadmill in your home. Check that you have the space and remember that you don’t have to buy them all, as they can be expensive. You will, however, get superb use out of these machines and build up your stamina, improve your endurance and increase your cardio function.
Mix and match your training with some strength and aerobic exercises to develop your fitness over several months.
Preparing your space
Make the best of what you’ve got, but ensure that your home gym space feels light and airy to encourage a sense of the outdoors. A dark, stuffy room is unlikely to encourage you to train hard. Everything doesn’t have to be painted magnolia – use colors that stimulate you, and to help with the light, install DIY shutters. These are simple to install and allow you to control how much light comes into your gym. They’re also easy to clean and give a sleek, efficient feel to your workout room.
Getting fit is never effortless, and you may know people who have tried but given up after a short while. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience, which is why a home gym is such a good solution.
You can choose your own decor, decide on the equipment that will be most effective for what you want to achieve and even install a sound system of TV screen to help you along the way. Plan what you want, set yourself a budget and convert your spare room into a gym that will give you health benefits over and over again.