With the current pandemic prevailing globally, most people are at home for months, missing their walks, runs and trips to the gym. And not to mention, the busy work schedule that people have enables them to find some reason to not go to the gym regularly. But one must be active and work on building strong bones and muscles to combat anxiety and stress. Constructing a home gym is the best option, but it requires proper planning, consideration and the right home gym equipment. So, to get it right, follow the tips given below.
1. Plan and Consider the Layout
Planning ahead is a crucial aspect of all renovation projects. The first thing to consider is the location where one would want to set the gym, including the floorspace, the headspace and the ceiling. It is also important to consider the kind of workout that they would be doing in this space and plan the layout of the equipment.
2. Consider The Flooring and The Lighting
The ideal option of flooring for a gym is rubber, which can be expensive. But, it makes the workout process highly comfortable, provides the right underfoot protection for intense exercises and heavyweights, and it can handle sweat puddles. Cork flooring would also work for those who are not into heavy weight lifting. Also, lighting can make a great difference in the workout as research shows that good lighting affects work efficiency in individuals. Consider different kinds of lights including, overhead lights, dimming lights, wall sconces etc., to help with different forms of workout and yoga.
3. Make Space for a Storage Area for Other Needs
A home gym would not only have heavy machineries like a treadmill or an exercise bike. It would also have other equipment like a yoga mat, a skipping rope, an exercise ball, and other essentials like running shoes, water bottles, protein powder etc., which would require closed storage spaces to protect them from dust.
4. Do Some Research on the Gym Equipment
After getting clarity about the purpose and the layout of the home gym, the next step would be to check various brands of home gym equipment, their quality, availability, prices, offers, warranty, and after-sale customer service provided by the manufacturer, or the vendor. One must take their time to try out various equipment to ensure that they meet their needs, before investing their money.
5. Discuss With a Professional Equipment Expert
While creating a home gym in the limited space of a house, it is important to fill it with equipment that makes it most effective. The gym must be encouraging to visit, comfortable to workout at and not cramped. So, it would help to consult professional trainers or equipment experts about the goals that one has, their home space and the kind of investment they are willing to put in.
6. Don’t Forget About the Washing Area
After a good workout, nothing makes it better than a good shower. Not only does it feel good and fresh, but it is also necessary to clear off the sweat, oils and dirt produced during the workout, which, if left uncleaned, could be unhealthy. Not to mention, one might have to wash their hands while fixing or greasing their equipment. A steam shower can also give a spa-like experience. Therefore, it is a good idea to install a shower with a sink near the gym so that one can re-enter the home feeling fresh after the workout.
Author Alison Lurie