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Ideas for an in-home gym

By: Gina Cronin, Gina.Cronin@gazette.com
February 27, 2017 Updated: March 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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Getting adequate exercise at home can be difficult, since it can be challenging to stay disciplined without the guidance of an instructor/trainer or the motivation that comes from working out in a gym-setting. However, if you have a space set aside that is exclusively dedicated to fitness, then getting in the groove of daily physical activity can become much simpler.

 

Declutter: You do not need an entire home-gym to have dedicated workout space. Sometimes all it takes is donating some extraneous furniture to gain the space you need. For example, a living room with a huge sectional couch, two end tables and a large coffee table with little room to move will never inspire you to lay down and do some crunches. Try working with wide open floor spaces in the living room, bedroom, basement or den. You can remove that table smack dab in the middle of the room and instead have weights, a yoga mat, and an exercise ball. You can even workout while watching television! You’d be surprised how much of a difference ample floor space makes.

 

Choose your equipment: If you have a room in your house that has some extra space, it can be the ultimate spot for some workout equipment. Popular in-home equipment for cardio includes a punching bag, rowing machine, air bike, elliptical and treadmill. For strength you can purchase adjustable dumbbells, weight lifting bench and medicine balls. For those on a budget, a jump rope, ab wheel, elliptical trainer and yoga mat are great options.

 

Hit the pavement: Getting into the habit of taking brisk walks or jogs in the morning and evening is wonderful for the body and mind. Especially with all of the stunning views that this city holds, taking a nice run, jog, walk or bike ride around your neighborhood can be deeply enjoyable. With springtime just around the corner, you will have plenty of beautiful weather to savor while you get the cardio you need. You can also utilize your backyard for swimming – if you have a pool, jump roping, hula hooping, playing with your dog, or even playing tag with the kids!

 

Build your in-home gym: If you have an entire room that is never utilized and a little extra money in the budget, why not build an in-home gym? Oftentimes there is wasted space in the basement that can instead be a beneficial space for health and wellness. Optimal flooring for your in-home gym can be carpet tiles, rubber flooring, foam flooring or vinyl tiles. For wall colors, first consider what kind of home gym you are building. If you will be weight-lifting, blue is a popular choice. For aerobics, bright reds and oranges are energizing. For yoga rooms, ocean-blues and grass-greens are calming. To top it off, install a high-quality sound system to keep you motivated with your favorite music. It is very important for your in-home gym to have proper ventilation and fans for safety and comfort. Add your equipment and you’re set for workout success.

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