If you lack the time to go to the gym then setting up a home gym might be the solution to your predicament. With a home gym, you have the choice and liberty to work out whenever it is convenient for you.
With a one-time investment, you also get to save money on future gym subscriptions. Starting a home gym isn’t difficult but you need to have a fitness goal in mind so that your setup helps you achieve this goal. Here’s how to go about setting up a gym at home:
Choose a suitable space
When picking a spot for your home gym, there are a few things you need to consider. Choose a room or a space that is well ventilated and with proper lighting. Light is also important, as a well lit room will tend to energize you.
While choosing the space for your gym, take into consideration the machines you want to have. Treadmills and different types of rowing machines take up a lot of space and you need to make provisions for that.
Have a budget
You need not have a big budget for your gym. A budget guides you into deciding on what sort of equipment to get for your gym.
How well you furnish your gym depends on your financial means and your fitness goals. If you simply want to keep fit and stay healthy, then you are good to go with basic gym equipment. You will however need much more than that if you want to get to the level of professional athletes. You might even need to hire a personal trainer.
What to do
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 and invest in some comfortable running gear. A brightly colored room and some good music will add more energy to the room and motivate you to get a work out.
Your choices of exercises are determined by your current fitness levels and the goals you want to achieve.
Additionally, if you have no idea on which exercises to do, you can download YouTube exercise videos which not only give you instructions but also act as a motivation.
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.
More importantly, if you have toddlers and young kids in your household, then place your equipment in such a way that there is no risk of any of your weights/equipment falling over your kids. You might want to consider a gym space that is lockable.