We look at magazine covers with images of healthy looking, young and fit people, and aspire to be like them one day, perhaps in the near future. But how many of us use the gym or have a workout regimen? Leaving the house to go to the gym may not be everyone’s cup of tea; however you can get in shape without having to ever leave the house.
Here’s how to go about setting up a gym at home:
Picking a room
When picking a spot for your home gym, there are a few things you need to consider. Choose a room or a space that has air flowing through it easily. Light is also important, as a well lit room will tend to energize you. You might want to include a treadmill or such like machines which could be large, so make sure that there is enough space for them.
How you wish to exercise will determine how you furnish your home gym. Yoga may be your exercise of choice; in that case you would need a serene environment and a yoga mat. If you like running or walking, you may bring a treadmill into this space. A brightly colored room and some good music will add more energy to the room and motivate you to get a work out.
Setting up a gym need not be expensive. It is therefore important to have a budget and buy what you need rather than what you hope to use. An easy guide is to establish what it is you want to achieve and what will work in the space that you have. It is advisable to keep it simple when starting out and build up from there.
Before you get started, you will have to decide where to set up the equipment. If the room is multi-functional such as a living room, you will need to consider storage space for the equipment after workout sessions. If the room is only for gym space, place the equipment in such a way that there is enough room to move around. Once all is set, you are good to go.
Working out at home can get boring or lonely, so invite a friend and chat as you sweat it out. Remember to visit your regularly and put it to good use.