It can be difficult to stay in shape when you don’t have time to drive to the gym every day. To make matters worse, the weather outside is only great for outdoor workouts for so many months. That’s where home gyms come into play.
Home gyms are great because you can incorporate everything you love about the gym without having to pay those annoying membership fees. You can also work out whenever because you don’t have to worry about overheating in the summer or freezing during the winter.
Here we’ve compiled a few tips you can use to help you make your own home gym.
Work with the space you have or make some room
According to the National Association of Home Builders 2012 Remodeling Market Index, 44% of renovation jobs that year were for window or door replacement and approximately 35% of all remodeling jobs involve the whole home, but you don’t need to get wild with renovations to create a home gym you’ll love. You just need some space.
First, consider the amount of space you currently have. If you’re living in a small apartment and need to move your couch when you work out, you’ll want to stick to workouts that don’t need a lot of room such as circuit training with push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges.
You can also invest in small-sized home gym equipment that lets you work out without having to move your furniture around too much. Assuming a freelance or work from home job could have you making about $200 in 20 hours, you should be able to set aside some money to invest in this equipment
If you live in a house or a larger apartment, you have a lot of options to work with. You can convert a home office, guest bedroom, basement, or attic you haven’t been using lately into your gym space, too.
Don’t be afraid to move furniture around and get creative. If you don’t have any new space and your budget is on the smaller side, you can create a separate area just by using paint. And, fortunately, color maximalism has become a major 2019 trend.
Consider adding a sunroom or shed
If renovating is in your budget, adding a sunroom or shed could be a great option to let you get the most out of working out in the great outdoors without dealing with the heat or snow.
Some folks prefer to set up a fence in their backyard because the average minimum cost of a six-foot privacy fence is around $7 per linear foot of material. Fences are also great if you have dogs, which are typically as smart as a two-year-old toddler.
But if you prefer to use your gym year-round, it may be worthwhile to use an indoor space. Indoor spaces are also better for setting up mirrors on a designated wall so you can check your form while you work out.
Be smart with what you spend your money on
You have your gym space set out and you’ve created a mirror-wall to ensure you’re using the correct form. Now, you just need to fill your space with the equipment you need to stay healthy and in good shape. This is where you need to be smart with your money.
It’s all too easy to invest in brand new equipment and go all out to make your space feel like you’ve cut out an actual room from your local gym. However, even if you think you’ll recoup the costs after selling your home, you likely won’t up the difference it’ll cost to cover the sale’s expenses, like the price of your Realtor, which can be as much as fix to six percent of your sale price. Not to mention the fact that you can actually save a lot of money by buying larger gym equipment second-hand. Shoppers typically report making almost 82% of purchase decisions in-store, but now is the time to plan ahead.
There are many different ways you can set up your home gym from adding onto your home to painting a section of a room to separate it from the rest of the house. Whichever route you choose, be sure to take full advantage of your new workout space.