The past couple of years have shown us just how many things we can do from home. As a result, many of us have developed an interest in home improvements to make our spaces more flexible and more comfortable, including creating home gyms or fitness spaces.
One big benefit of working out at home is that it becomes a part of your lifestyle, rather than a chore you have to leave the house for. That can have a positive impact on both your fitness goals and wellbeing. Another benefit — the time and money saved by ditching your gym membership. But how do you create a fitness space at home that you’ll actually use?
Map Out Your Space
Having a defined space for exercise is an important step toward making it a habit that lasts. A spare bedroom is an ideal spot for a home gym, but you could also use the untapped potential of a basement, attic, or even a shed. If you only have one flex space or spare room in your home, consider combining your home gym with an office or family room. Get creative. The space you carve out can be anything from an entire room to the size of a yoga mat. What matters most is having a place to go that allows you to focus and show up for yourself.
Create Your Workout Zone
Thankfully, creating a home workout space doesn’t have to mean packing a room full of weights and machines. In fact, you’ll probably feel more comfortable using the space if there isn’t a bunch of equipment and clutter. The equipment you need depends on what kind of workouts you’re doing, so think about what you like and try to accommodate a variety of activities in your fitness space to keep yourself engaged. While you may be tempted to buy ALL THE GEAR, you don’t need to go broke creating a great home gym. Start with some basic equipment (a jump rope and some free weights can go a long way) and then add to your collection.
A few more tips for creating your home fitness space:
- Put down mats or rubber flooring to protect your body as well as your floors.
- Hang mirrors to help fine tune your form and add light to your space.
- Add a tv to follow online workouts or just zone out while you sweat.
- Resistance band training can give you a great workout, even in a small space.
- For a yoga space, set the mood by installing a dimmer switch or using flameless candles — an aromatherapy diffuser and a humidifier are other nice touches.
- Don’t forget to fill your space with inspiring images and your favorite workout tunes.
- Use a folding screen or cube shelving to help divide a multi-purpose room.
- If you work out in a shared space, baskets and bins are a good option for stashing your smaller equipment (think hand weights, bands, yoga blocks, etc.) when you’re not using it.
- Check out some great ideas from HGTV to make a home gym in any space.
FREE Printable Workout Trackers
We’ve created some printable workout trackers to help you get started in your new home fitness space. Your free downloadable PDF includes a general weekly tracker and a detailed daily tracker, so no matter how you choose to track your fitness goals, we’ve got you covered.
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