I have always heard that at home gyms are a great idea in theory, but then the expensive equipment just sits and collects dust, so I have always steered away from this big expense and have just paid my gym membership monthly, whether I use it or not.
I am coming to the realization that this isn't true. In today's age, it is easy to create a beautiful corner of your home to accomplish your fitness goals and to also feel like you are part of a community. In my opinion, this community building is one of the biggest factors in staying successful with working out. Systems like Peloton and Tonal have revolutionized the idea of at-home gyms and I think it is only going to get better.
Here are some steps to create a functional and beautiful space in your home where you can get your sweat on:
- Choose an area: this space can be as big or small as you need it to be but it is important that you clear it out to help you focus during your workout.
- Figure out what your fitness goals are and choose the right equipment: The equipment that you purchase all depends on what your goals are. If you are wanting to do some cardio, research stationary bikes or treadmills. If you are wanting to gain muscle, loom at weight systems, free weights or resistance band. There are so many videos and equipment to help you with this no matter where you are on your fitness journey.
- Decorate and organize: I know this may seem silly but it is important that your space looks the part. Installing some floating shelves and hooks to hold your equipment and get it off the floor will help keep you organized and display this important part of your life. Also, try adding some motivational posters to decorate the space and speak to you when you want to give up. I found some pretty hilarious ones on Etsy!
- Have fun!: I know working out seems like a chore at the beginning and normally gets put to the bottom of our never ending to do list, but this time to recharge and focus on your personal health and goals is so important for our physical and mental well-being.