A commitment to health and fitness comes the realization that commercial gyms can be crowded, loud, intimidating, and not entirely personalized to your ideal fitness experience. We’ve decided to give you some pertinent tips on how you can start building and perfecting your home workout space that will fit your needs and produce results.
Find Your Ideal Work Space
The first step in building a workout space at home is finding out how to use the most out of your available space without taking up your living room. If you don’t have access to a full basement or an unused guest room, seek out an area where you can roll out a full yoga mat. This will give you an idea of locations in your living space where you can have a yoga mat’s worth of space which will give you room for a multitude of exercises. You’ll find that the most effective exercises can be completed in a short amount of space. Some exercises that you can try with a small amount of space are pushups, situps, and lunges.
Get the Necessary Equipment and Store it Effectively
While some equipment can certainly help you achieve your fitness goals, try to avoid purchasing bulky pieces of equipment that are hard to move in and out of your doorway. Not only will this save you valuable time and effort, but it will help you focus on the necessities. Kettlebells and resistant bands are great examples of equipment that can deliver an effective workout without having to use the resources of a dedicated fitness facility. Add in a few weighted pieces of equipment such as dumbbells or kettlebells for a diverse, full-body workout plan that will make you happy you stayed home.
Storing your equipment effectively will help get rid of unnecessary clutter and let you rest easy during your off times. Investing in a storage system for any equipment you purchase will help you categorize and store your equipment to create an astatically pleasing home gym.
Mirrors are your Friend
Purchasing and utilizing a full body mirror might sound off-topic and intimidating, but implementing this helpful tool is a great method of measuring progress as well as maintaining proper form with your workouts. Many popular gyms use full-mirrored walls to provide users with an alternate perspective on how their exercises look from a different view. This is helpful for a home workout space where you will be your own personal trainer and only critic.
Optimize your Lighting
Wherever possible, use natural lighting to your advantage. Natural daylight can help you feel more alert and active which provides you with the best mindset for your workout. Open curtains or invest in a sun lamp to illuminate your space to reap the full benefits of your efforts. On the other hand, using a dimmer switch can be beneficial for lower intensity workouts such as yoga or, where dim lighting is more appropriate.
Adapt and Overcome
Being creative is crucial to getting the most out of your gym-less workout regimen. Instead of investing in an expensive treadmill, go for a jog outdoors and explore your neighborhood. You just might discover a new appreciation for your local amenities that you never knew you had!