How to Build Your Perfect Home Gym
Ready to get in shape? Whether it’s for a New Year’s resolution, a need to skip high gym fees or a personal challenge to adopt a healthier lifestyle, taking control of your exercise routine by building a home gym is a great way to stay motivated and moving. Setting up your home gym requires space and equipment suited to your exercise needs. Unsure where to begin? Use these tips to build your ideal home gym and start toning up today.
Choose Your Space
Space is key when building your perfect home gym. You’ll need room to move, set up equipment, and store gear. Try setting up shop in your basement, spare bedroom, garage, or another spacious area to get the most out of your routine. It’s important to keep your space well-ventilated, especially when using heavy equipment or a treadmill. Overheating and fainting while using exercise equipment can cause serious injuries. On a lighter note, it’s important to ventilate your space with a fan to keep odors at bay so that the rest of your home does not smell like a gym. (The rest of the household will appreciate it!) Use a pedestal fan or tower fan to circulate airflow and ventilate the room. Try a remote-controlled fan, like the 18″ Pedestal Fan with Remote or the 48″ XtraAir Tower Fan with Remote Control to easily adjust the airflow in the room without stepping away from your treadmill.
Add Cardio Equipment
A crucial part of any workout is cardiovascular exercise, which helps you lose weight and keeps your heart healthy. Exercise machines that are great for doing cardio in your home include treadmills, elliptical machines, and stair-steppers. Keep in mind that these exercise machines need space. Save floor room for your equipment with a wall-mount fan, like the Oscillating Wall Mount Fan with 3 Speeds and Remote Control. It takes up less space while still keeping the room comfortable. While exercise machines can be pricey, you can still get a good workout with cheaper options. Take a tip from childhood, and use a jump rope to burn calories. Follow along with a free exercise routine video online or on a preferred cardio app. Other affordable cardio options include gliding discs and incline step machines, both of which cost under $100. When it is nice outside, consider going for a jog around your neighborhood and returning home for strength and resistance training.
Practice Strength and Resistance Training
Strength training equipment is used to build muscles and tone up. Start your home gym collection with dumbbells, since they are fairly inexpensive and can be used in a variety of ways. Kettlebells are also a great option when it comes to burning calories and building muscle mass. To tone up more difficult areas, like your back and hips, try using rubber resistance bands and tubes.
Medicine balls are another great addition to the strength portion of your gym, as are stability balls. The latter option is great for working your core muscles and building up your abs. If you are serious about lifting weights, it is a good idea to invest in a power rack. This structure helps you store items like bars and bands and also helps you lift heavy weights with the proper form, decreasing your chance of injuries. Choose a bench that is sturdy enough to support both you and heavyweights. It should also be flat for proper form. Like cardio exercise machines, a power rack and bench will take up more room in your space. To save floor space for your equipment, utilize windows for airflow. Instead of just opening the window, go one step further for the ultimate in circulation. The Electrically Reversible Twin Window Fan with Remote Control fits inside your window, much like a window-unit air conditioner does. Unlike a clunky air conditioner, the window fans take up less space and quietly provide continuous air circulation. The two fans can work together to push air in and out of the room, or in tandem to both intake and exhaust air. This maintains a steady airflow so you break a sweat from the equipment, not the heat of the room.
Other Essential Items
Creating the ideal home gym is about more than just workout equipment – there are a number of other items you need to make the ultimate exercise environment. First, it is important to have mats if you plan on doing floor routines. The floor can be covered with permanent or temporary specialty rubber flooring, or you could simply purchase a few yoga mats to unroll as needed. If music helps boost your energy and pump you up, consider placing speakers in your home gym so you can listen to your favorite songs while you sweat. If you create your workout room in a stuffy area, like a basement, garage, or attic, promote healthy airflow with a durable utility fan, like the Oscillating High-Velocity Fan with Remote Control. Additionally, keep your gym stocked with towels and water to help you cool down post-workout. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand in case of an emergency. Finish creating your own home gym with personal touches, like motivational posters, inspirational quotes, and written exercise goals to keep your eye on the prize.
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