By Chinwe Obinwanne
Do you lack the time to go regularly to the gym and dream of having your own home gym? You can! And best of all, you can build a perfect home gym for any space on whatever budget you have.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting together your own gym at home.
Step 1: Create a space at home just for workouts
Decide where you want to set up your home gym. It could be a spare bedroom, passageway, verandah, in your bedroom or even your living room (if it is spacious)… All of these are great spaces for exercise.
Step 2: Make your space light and airy
To help amp your energy level during your workouts, your space needs to be as light and airy as possible. Experts’ advice that an ideal workout space should have lots of natural light coming in from windows or doors. In the absence of natural lights, you can light your space up with soft white bulbs too.
The less clutter and distractions (Like gizmos, gadgets, books or items that take your attention away from your workout), the better for you. If you love to exercise with fitness DVD’s, make sure that your TV or computer is at a level that is best for going along with the routine.
Oh, mirrors! If you can, make sure you have them in your workout space. The mirror helps you correct your form and watch your moves as you exercise. It sort of helps you be your own instructor while giving the illusion of an even bigger workout space. Now, isn’t that cool?
Step 3: Stock your home gym
What is a gym without workout equipment? You don’t even need lots of heavy or bulky machines to make your home gym effective. The fact is that some of the best home workout equipment is actually small and affordable.
You can get these:
Jump ropes – For cardio purposes, these can replace bulky treadmill or elliptical machines.
Foam rollers – These are so versatile and help for core strengthening and for massaging out muscles to prevent tightness.
Resistance bands – This is great for strength training and easy to stash away too.
A set of dumbbells – This may be all the weight you need in addition to the weight of your own body to have a functional home gym. No need for cable machines or bench press set if you have limited space.
Ab roller- This works your abdominal muscles real good and they are also quite portable.
Yoga mat – Now you don’t want to be sweating all over your floor when you want to do floor moves, do you?
Music – Whether you choose to plug your headphones and blast your favourite music while you exercise, or you have a portable bluetooth speaker/CD player, music helps you with endurance and to enjoy your workout better.
You don’t have to buy everything at once. Start with a few important pieces and then gradually get the rest as finances permit. Another trick is this, don’t always go for brand new and expensive fitness equipment when there are plenty used ones that will serve the same purpose for cheaper prices. Look and ask around, I’m sure you’ll find those places. You can even swap equipment with your friends…. Cool way to save and still get results.
Step 4: Get your home gym organized
The moment you have all your equipment, you need to store them when you are not using them especially if you’re using a shared space (like your living room or bedroom). Be creative with ways you can store your fitness equipment to keep it dust free, neat and out of sight when not being used. You can get a portable container to store them too.
Step 5: Use your home gym!
Okay, you’re all set up. Now is the time to actually make use of your home gym. Put it to good use and on the days you don’t feel motivated to exercise, you can invite a friend to join you or even ask your husband (if you’re married) to join you for some sweaty sessions.
Bottom Line: A gym becomes useless when you set it up but don’t use it. You had a purpose for setting your home gym up. Let that purpose push you to show up at your gym and exercise regularly.
Have fun getting your home gym up and working out in it.
As always, please feel free to send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll love to hear from you.