In today’s fast-paced life, incorporating enough cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercise to keep you fit and healthy can be a challenge. Creating a workout plan and a home workout area is an economical and convenient way to achieve your desired results. Before you start setting up a home gym, establish a budget and a workout plan. The great news is you don’t need a lot of money, or even space to set up your own personal gym at home.
Begin with the workout
Consider your own exercise inclinations. If you love the quiet serenity of yoga, then make that the focus of your workout space. If cycling is more your style, add a stationary bike. Like to walk or run? Invest in a good quality treadmill from a knowledgeable sales professional who knows not only fitness but also the level of equipment that is right for you. You do not need a full gym to make exercise a habit. In fact, many strength and cardiovascular exercises can be done with limited space on a tight budget using quality bands, dumbbells and medicine balls.
If a complete home gym is what you desire, choose your equipment carefully. Look closely at features, design and safety, and always consult a reputable fitness professional so you don’t buy unnecessary equipment. Do your research, but remember you will be using this equipment for years to come, so the pieces you choose should be easy to use and operate smoothly. Always keep in mind that when buying fitness equipment, spending a bit more for quality is important. If you don’t like the way it feels, or you’re not comfortable you won’t use it.
Creating a workout space
Once you know how you will be exercising, it’s time to create the perfect area in your home where you will be working out. If you don’t like being in your basement, then don’t create your workout space there. Living rooms can often serve double-duty, especially if you like exercise TV or DVD’s. By adding a few storage places like cabinets or shelves, you can conceal your equipment when not in use. Just remember to leave plenty of space for the movement required by these programs. You can also incorporate cardio equipment that folds or has transport wheels for easy transportation and storage. Some examples of this include the Vision Fitness XF40, a folding elliptical, or the TF20, a folding treadmill.
That said the final consideration for your home gym is spacing. Take accurate measurements, including ceiling height, and leave plenty of room for stretching and functional movement. Create sample layouts ahead of time using graph paper so you won’t have to rearrange the space looking for the perfect fit. Incorporate the measurements of equipment you hope to include, or existing furniture in the room. Keep in mind that space saving equipment doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality. The S7100 Suspension Elliptical™ Trainer is a great example of high quality cardio equipment with a small footprint. Resist the urge to crowd the space. Some of the most effective workouts come from simplicity.
Remember, you can’t beat the convenience, cleanliness, or affordability of working out at home. Begin with a budget and an exercise plan, and the home workout of your dreams is within your reach. Do not delay; make this the winter you commit to get fit in the privacy and comfort of your own home.