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How to Set Up a Home Gym in Your House

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One of the most important things you can do to improve your life is to become physically fit. Being in shape affects your body’s systems and it also contributes to your mental and emotional wellbeing. Exercise helps release endorphins, which in turn elevate your mood and naturally relax you. A great physical workout really helps after a long, chaotic and stressful day. It restores and renews us in life. 

With the arrival of the pandemic and strict social distancing rules, many gyms and workout facilities across the country were forced to temporarily close or had to completely shut down. Opportunities for getting in shape or attending dance, yoga or fitness classes quickly dwindled as more and more regions shut down. At the same time, stress levels rose from fear and from the silent monotony of living the same way day after day. These factors led to a surge in interest in home gyms and home fitness gear.

Secure Financing

If you are going to set up a suitable gym in your house, you’ll want to make sure that you have the funds you need to pay for everything. One of the best ways to do this is to get your credit card debt under control. Banks love to charge exorbitant interest rates on your monthly credit card balances and for many consumers these debt payments shave off a big chunk of their monthly income. Fortunately, you can apply for personal loans to consolidate your existing credit card debt. By replacing multiple high-interest cards with one personal loan you can reduce your monthly expenses and have enough money to set up a home gym too. If you go online and invest just 60 seconds of your time, you’ll be matched with great loan options.

Ideas for Aerobic Equipment and Activities 

When you set up your home gym, you’ll want to be sure to focus on both aerobic and strength training. Your investment in equipment for aerobics should mirror your interests. If you like walking or running, a treadmill is a perfect solution. For folks who love to cycle, a stationary or recumbent exercise bike will provide a lot of benefit. A rowing machine can provide a great mix of aerobic and upper body workout. Simple items like an exercise mat and an aerobic step can let you fashion a great exercise routine too. Mats are great for yoga, stretching and Pilates routines. Step aerobics, which was created by Gin Miller and popularized by innovative instructors like New York’s Step Queen, can provide intense aerobic benefits and really work your leg muscles. You can go online and find programs that can teach you some great routines.

Best Equipment for Strength Training

If you are just starting out at home with strength training, you’ll want to buy different weights depending on how strong you are. Women may often start with sets spanning 5 to 20 pounds, while men might choose weights in the 10-to-50-pound range. In addition to using weights, you can add resistance bands to your strength workout. These elastic bands make the training session more challenging and help you become progressively stronger. You can also use specialized weights with handles, called kettlebells, to set up an intense workout routine. A 20-minute full body workout with movement and kettlebells provides a perfect mix of aerobic and weight training. When you are setting up a comprehensive weight program, it’s helpful to consult with a personal trainer. Your personal trainer can teach you proper techniques and can help assure that you know what you are doing and are following a balanced workout regimen.

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