How to Set up a Home Fitness Room

You don't need a lot of space or money to set up a home fitness room. All it takes is a little cash, some smart shopping, and a commitment to reach your goals. It's easier than you might think, and it offers many advantages. 

Yes, it's true that large gyms or fitness centers can be a great resource. You have access to a lot of options that can help you lose weight and get into shape.

But, not every community has a gym and not every person feels comfortable working out in front of others. Plus, memberships are often expensive. So, for many people, the best solution is a home fitness room because it is:

Home Fitness Room Advantages

  • Less costly. You have to invest in some equipment, but once it's paid for, it's yours! No monthly membership fees or travel expenses.

  • Less intimidating. Gyms can be crowded, noisy, and competitive. Plus, you often have to wait to use equipment. Sure, some people thrive in this type of environment. They find it stimulating and motivating. It pushes them to work harder. But, others prefer a little more privacy and solitude. Exercising at home allows you to escape the crowds and the observing eyes of others so you can focus solely on your fitness goals.
  • More individualized. Working out at home means you get to choose the music, use equipment when you want, and wear whatever feels comfortable. Hey, if you want to exercise in your pajamas – go for it!

  • Time efficient. It's easier to fit a workout into your schedule if you don't have to factor in the time it takes to drive to and from the gym. And let's face it, if you prefer shorter workouts (10-15 minutes), are recovering from an illness or injury, or don't have a lot of time to dedicate to exercise, then making the trip to a gym really doesn't make a lot of sense.

So, are you convinced that setting up a home fitness room has it's perks? Are you already imagining your new space? Well, here are a few tips to help you get started.

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5 Tips for Setting Up a Home Fitness Room

  • Find a place that you can designate for workouts. It may be a spare bedroom, basement, garage, porch, or even just a corner of your living room. Make sure that it fits the equipment you will be using and that it is free from distractions that will try to pull you away from the task at hand. If it has a window – great! But, a door that closes is even better. Shutting off the outside world for a little while will help you stay focused on getting the best from your workout.
  • If you have a separate room, you can paint the walls a happy color and hang motivational posters. However, not everyone  has this option – and that's alright! You don't need a huge area as long as it's large enough for you to perform the types of exercise you have chosen. After all, it's not very comfortable (or safe) to use a stationary bike that has been wedged between the bed and the dresser.

  • Light is very important. Darkness makes you sleepy, less motivated, and triggers your body to shut down. Natural light is best, but again, that isn't always possible. So, bring in some lamps or lights to make your space bright.

  • Make sure that the area is free of clutter. Use shelves, bins, or cupboards to store equipment so that the space is clear for working out. If your fitness room also doubles as your living room, bedroom, or dining room, then choose decorative furniture such as lidded ottomans, trunks, or cabinets.

  • If you can't install a full-length mirror, you may want to purchase a light, portable one. Making sure that you are performing movements correctly can improve results and decrease your risk of injury.

  • If you will be using DVDs, place your television where it is best for your workout, or use a laptop computer that can be placed on a secure table or stand. Some experts suggest putting some plants in your workout area to boost oxygen.

  • And, of course, you can't forget the music. Whether you wire in a stereo, place your ipod on a dock, or use a wireless bluetooth speaker, music creates an atmosphere. It motivates if you are pumping iron, soothes if you are doing Yoga, and just generally makes you feel better. So, create your playlist and let the workout begin! 

  • Set a Budget. Write down your goals and decide what equipment you will need to meet them. Determine what you able and/or willing to invest and what will work best in the space you have. Check out second hand shops, classified ads, or wait for sales. Doing a little homework can save a lot of money. 

  • Choose Your Equipment. First, make sure the equipment you choose fits your space and gives you enough room to move around. If you have lots of space and want big machines, then go for it! But, remember, you don't need fancy equipment to get into shape. In fact, body weight exercises can deliver amazing results and you need nothing but....well...YOU. 

  • Let's be honest, many people buy expensive equipment and end up not using it. How many weight machines and treadmills have been transformed into clothes hangers and dust collectors? Simple things like resistance bands, dumbbells, kettle bells, stability balls, balance discs, and jump ropes can help you meet your goals without costing a lot of money or taking up a lot of space. 

    And, you don't need everything all at once. Start with the basics – buy a few key items – and build up from there. Add a few new things whenever the funds become available or you find a great sale. It will also give you time to see what you really need – or will actually use – so you aren't wasting money on unnecessary equipment. 

  • Make A Plan And Stay Committed. A home fitness room is only effective if it's used, right? Whether you hang a chalkboard/whiteboard on the wall or use a notebook, having a plan will always help you get the most out of your workouts. Make your area appealing enough that you want to use it and then plan out each workout to help you meet your daily, monthly, and long-term fitness goals.

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Home Fitness Room

Maybe you want an alternative to the gym. Maybe you want to supplement between gym workouts. Or maybe you prefer outdoor activities and are just looking for a way to stay fit during the winter season or during times of inclement weather. 

Whatever your reasons, we all know why physical fitness is important, and a home fitness room can make reaching and maintaining your goals easy and enjoyable.

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