Having a space dedicated to your at-home workouts makes the process easy, and trains your brain to recognize that these parts of your home are for a specific task. A home gym can also provide easy-access to fitness. A perk for all of us with busy schedules!
But, where do you start? Let me help! Read on to learn everything you need to start exercising at home.
1. Choose A Space
I recommend having a designated room for daily workouts. Create a workout space that is comfortable to you, such as a spare bedroom, corner of the basement, or rarely used playroom. Get creative with it, just make sure you have plenty of room to move around!
2. It’s OK To Start With A Blank Slate
All you really need is room. Bodyweight exercises don’t need any equipment, and I highly recommend them. An essential benefit of bodyweight exercise is that it can help improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength at the same time while allowing your body weight and gravity to work together, and keeping your heart rate up.
So, get moving, and clear some space!
3. Make The Space Your Own
Have fun, and decorate your exercise oasis with motivational artwork, mount a TV, and organize your equipment. Add a bluetooth speaker, for some motivational music, fans, to keep cool, and a clock to keep track of time. Incorporate some personal touches, and create a space you’ll want to be in!
Decorate it with your favorite brands, sports teams, posters, etc. It’s not the living room, so you can get a little crazy.
4. Get Budget-Friendly Equipment
You don’t need fancy, state-of-the-art equipment to start working out at home. You’ll just need a few inexpensive weights that feel comfortable to you, and they don’t even need to be proper dumbbells. Everyday household objects can work just as well. Water bottles or canned goods in plastic bags can be suitable substitutes for weights.
I am also a huge fan of resistance bands. A recent study found that training with resistance bands can be just as effective as training with conventional tools like dumbbells, and if you’re looking for some, I know a place!
5. Keep It Organized
Make sure you keep your gym organized so that you can easily find the equipment you need, but also so you don’t have weights and plates lying around. It’s an easy way to avoid injury!
6. Start From The Ground Up
It’s important to remember that your gym flooring should be durable and easy to clean. Use interlocking rubber flooring, or cushioned mats that can be rolled out individually. Try to use some form of flooring that’s perfect for both lightweight fitness like low-impact workouts, but also offers shock absorption for more high-intensity workouts.
7. Use Your Space
It might sound silly, but do not forget to use your home gym! Our lives keep us busy, trust me, I get it! It can seem like there are never enough hours in the day, but I’m here to tell you it’s possible.
Join my group! All you’ll need is 24 minutes and wifi for high-intensity and strength training workouts that can be done anytime, anywhere, and at any fitness level. Perfect for busy schedules!