Tips for Building a Home Gym

With a busy schedule, it’s hard to find time to hit the gym. Make squeezing in that daily workout much easier by creating a fitness area in your own abode. Clearing a small space to do workout videos in front of the television is better than nothing, but ideally, you need a whole room that’s devoted to toning those abs and firming that booty.

When creating a home gym, choosing the right exercise equipment is only the first step. There are several other key components that can make or break your workout space.

Temperature is Everything

Exercising is hard. Don’t make it more difficult by doing it in a room that’s sweltering hot or freezing cold. The perfect gym temperature is 21 degrees. If you’re building a home gym in your garage or basement, you’ll want to insulate walls with drywall covering. This will keep the room from getting too cool.

On the flip side, make sure you have great ventilation. Choose a room with windows that open and keep the fresh air circulating with plenty of fans.

Build From the Floor Up

Sweating it out on carpet or concrete is not the way to go. Exercise machines can scratch wood flooring, leave indentations in carpeting and slide around on concrete. When it comes to home gyms, rubber mats and rubber floors are your friends. Mats are great if you just want to cover the area right under the exercise equipment. Skip those made of 100% recycled rubber– they tend to get stinky.

For large spaces, opt for rolled rubber flooring or interlocking rubber tiles. While both are great choices, rubber tiles are much easier to move and clean.

Dull the Noise

You may not want the whole household listening to you exercise. Consider soundproofing the floor or ceiling of your home gym with fiberglass or sound-deadening insulation. It not only muffles any huffing and puffing, but prevents the exercise machine’s vibrations from traveling throughout the house.

Install Great Lighting

When it comes to lighting your workout room, a simple overhead bulb or a standing fluorescent lamp isn’t going to be enough. You want a space that feels bright and sunny. If a lack of windows prevents you from getting natural sunlight, create a similar effect by installing overhead LED lighting. Set the lights on dimmers in case you want to take it down a notch for a post-workout meditation.

Well lit home gym
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Don’t Forget to Decorate

Like any other room in the house, a home gym needs great decor. Skip dull, muted paint colors and opt for shades that are bright and lively. Don’t be afraid to hang wall art. A motivational poster or a few landscape photos are smart choices for a workout space. When it comes to shelving and wall storage, choose pieces that are fashionable as well as functional. As a final touch, add a few candles and some plants.

Decorated home gym
Source: My Home Ideas

A gym should be inspiring. Creating a space with all the right elements is guaranteed to make your daily workout something you look forward to. Take a look at eieihome’s interior design and decor professionals to get started.

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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