Working out at home is a great option for everyone, from stay at home parents, to students, commuters, seniors, and anyone else who needs a convenient way to get in the recommended hours of exercise each week. No matter how large or small your home may be, there’s a home gym solution for just about anyone.
Here’s a look at some of the different ways to create a workout space in your home, whether it’s a dedicated space, shared, or temporary.
The Dedicated Space
Typical Rooms Used: Basement, spare bedroom, garage
Having a dedicated space to set up your gym is the ideal option. This option allows you to create an environment that is exclusively intended to facilitate your fitness goals, whether it’s a yoga studio, cross training box, classic gym, or something else. In addition to the required equipment, you can add décor and audio/video technology without having to worry about devises ways to conceal your equipment when the room is needed for other purposes.
Solutions to Consider
Flooring: You can make this space more comfortable by installing flooring that’s easier on the joints. Rubber and cork are just two of the ideal flooring options available.
Ventilation: You may also want to consider the space’s ventilation. This is particularly true if your home gym is located in the basement or garage. Exercizing in a poorly ventilated space can not only inhibit your ability to get a good workout, but if you have mold, or any chemicals stored adjacent to the space, it can end up making you sick.
Refreshment: If you’ve ever run out of water in the middle of a grueling workout, you know just how essential it is to have a refill station nearby
The Shared Space
Typical Rooms Used: Guest room, home office, bedroom
The shared spaces dedicate a portion of the room to the home gym, while the other portion is used for other purposes. Picture a home office with a treadmill and some weights stashed in the corner. This could also be a basement family room, where there isn’t a dedicated room to work out in.
Solutions to Consider: In a shared space, you still want the exercize equipment to be ready to use when needed, despite the absence of the full gym atmosphere. Room dividers are a great way to partition the space. With many commercially available room dividers being equipped with shelves or cubbies, they also make a great place to stash things like weight gloves, skipping ropes, and small dumbbells.
The Temporary Space
Typical Rooms Used: Living room, family room, bedroom
The temporary workout space doesn’t offer the convenience of being ready to go. It is an existing space in the home that cannot be dedicated or divided to store excercize equipment. It is simply roomy enough to temporarily act as an excercize space for a limited amount of time, as needed.
The equipment used here is typically smaller and can be folded for easier storage.
Solutions to Consider: Storage is key in the temporary workout space, since the equipment is only exposed during times of immediate use. While you might not be able to keep your workout equipment on full display, you’ll still want it to be close at hand. Storage ottomans, and upholstered benches are perfect for hiding lightweight items, such as gloves, ropes, and yoga blocks. Use nearby closets to store foldup treadmills and weights.
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