It’s the New Year and if you are like thousands of Americans, chances are you made one of two resolutions for this year—either to get in shape, to organize / declutter your house, or both. Well, there is a way that you can combine both into one project. Setting up a gym provides you an opportunity to take control of your health. It can also, ultimately, save you plenty of money in gym fees, especially if you pay every month only to never find the time to go. So here are a few things to consider when you set up your own fitness area.
Where Can You Locate It?
There are plenty of ideas for this, but have you considered a storage building? This type of space is large enough to allow for equipment to be moved in and has the adequate, safe space for movement activities. The large garage door makes it easier to bring in heavy equipment rather than trying to move it into a cramped unused bedroom or office or dark basement. Also, a storage building forces you out of the house while still being a great way to shut out all of the hassles and stresses of the outside world while you get in a good workout. (This is especially true if you throw in a good stereo that you can crank up with your favorite tunes without having to get tangled up in headphones and portable devices.)
What Will You Need?
Obviously, you are going to need basic equipment for your gym. If you are on a budget, we recommend the following basics:
• Dumbbells or barbells
• Stationary bike or treadmill or elliptical machine
• Jumping rope
• Yoga mat
If it’s within your budget, you can increase your gym to include weight sets, multi-purpose machines such as Nautilus or Bowflex equipment, and more. But for right now, focus on the basics. The yoga mat, especially, is useful because you can use it when you do basic calisthenics and exercises such as planks, sit-ups, and stretches that require little to no equipment. It’s more important to simply get started than to get wrapped up in finding equipment, investing in it and other thoughts that lead you to procrastinate on your goals.
As you begin to work on your gym, another suggestion we have is to include at least one large full-length mirror on the wall. This serves two purposes. First, it can help prevent injury as you can see your position and stance when lifting weights and you can see what you are doing wrong. Second, it can provide a motivator as you see the progress in your own body as you work out and get fit. Similarly, we also encourage you to take pictures of your progress to help keep you motivated.
Going High Tech?
You may want to beef up the place with technology and place a TV in the gym along with the stereo. That way, you can multi-task by catching up on your shows while you ride the stationary bike or you can also use it to work out with your favorite exercise or yoga DVDs. You could also take advantage of the numerous free workout routines on YouTube to switch up the routine from time to time. Again, getting started is the most important thing but you can build up to having a really cool workout space that is comfortable and inviting – and, maybe best of all, private.
Obviously, if you choose to set up your own gym, you are going to need the space to do so. If you have a cluttered and cramped home garage that you want to convert, then consider cleaning it out by moving your things that are stored in the garage to an off-site personal storage unit. That way you can keep your gym close to home and better utilize the space you have available to you. The key is creating a space that is comfortable, convenient and makes you look forward to working on those fitness goals all year long.