Tired of looking at that treadmill in the corner of the living room? Fed up with tripping over the exercise bike in the bedroom? Don’t let your exercise equipment continue to be a frustration! Here’s how to transform an empty room into a functional home gym, and clear the path for a brand new you.
It’s difficult to be inspired to stay fit when there is a lack of workout space at home. That’s why it is so important to create a home gym with plenty of room to move. Trying to work out in the middle of the living room is not only difficult; it can be dangerous, too! A spare bedroom or basement will provide plenty of room to make a home gym with.
Get started with your home gym makeover –
Clear the space – Select the room you want to use for your home gym and empty it of its contents. We’re talking bare walls and floors!
Evaluate the flooring – If carpet is ripped or torn, your best bet will be to remove it completely for safety reasons. Hardwood flooring or tile flooring will provide a solid surface for aerobics, treadmill use, or weight training.
Find what fits – Find out exactly how much equipment you can fit into your home gym with painter’s tape. Measure the treadmill, weight bench, and other equipment. Then, lay out where you want things to go with painter’s tape. Position the tape on the floor, using the measurements you wrote down. Then, you’ll be able to see how comfortably things will fit, without lifting heavy equipment unnecessarily.
More flooring considerations – Consider installing cork flooring or carpet tiles to cushion your workout space. Both options are affordable, easy to install, and will help cushion the floor during floor exercises. They will also help to absorb sound.
Motivating walls – A drab paint color will do just fine, but an energetic color will help keep you motivated and moving. To create a home gym that will remain functional, you want to create a space that you look forward to using. A favorite color can serve that purpose! Check out these energizing paint colors.
Communication wall – Select one wall in the room to serve as the ‘communication wall’. Hang a dry erase board and map out your workouts for the week. Pin your favorite fitness magazine articles. Show off your pictures of your changing physique. Or, keep track of weight loss or other milestones.
Smart storage – To make a home gym safe, you’ll want to keep it tidy. Hand weights, jump ropes, and other loose equipment can be a tripping hazard. Install hooks, pegs, and storage cubes on one wall to keep things neat and organized.
Cool-down station – Staying comfortable, cool and hydrated is of utmost importance in a home gym. If the room is stifling hot, you’ll avoid working out. So, create a cool-down station in a corner, or at the front of, the room. If you don’t have a ceiling fan overhead, place a large rotating unit to stay comfortable. A small dorm fridge is just the right size for keeping bottled water cold and nearby. Don’t forget to supply hand towels for yourself, too.
Be sure to also equip the room with a television and a sound system, as well. The television can be mounted on the wall, at eye level, to maximize floor space and reduce neck strain.
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