The pandemic hasn’t been kind to anyone who had a habit of going to the gym regularly, and a year into it, maybe you’re wondering if there’s a way you can make the gym come to you. A little thinking might have made it obvious that the solution is a home workout space – something designed to make you feel active and charged enough to start doing those pushups.
Now, the next step is to figure out how you’re going to do that. The good news is that you don’t need to bring in expensive equipment or all the other stuff you’d commonly find in the gym. All you need to do is create the right atmosphere. Maybe you can surround yourself with plants, maybe you can clean up a room so there’s nothing but a treadmill and yoga mat in it. Maybe you need to workout on the balcony or in the backyard – everyone’s workout space will look different, but the basic rules are the same.
Keep reading to find out how you can set up the perfect home workout space!
Set the Mood
You need to be in the right mindset to work out. And that can’t happen when you’re standing in your bedroom. Make sure that there’s lots of sunlight in your workout space to get you that day-time buzz.
Another great idea is to paint your room in colors that stand out – from bright orange to an electric blue, there’s no shortage of paint shades only fit for the gym. Get rid of all the boring colors. You don’t need them here!
Give Yourself Room to Move
While it’s true that you don’t need that much room to workout, there’s no reason your workout area needs to be small or just as big as needed. Roomy, well lit spaces are only going to help you get more out of your workouts, and cramped up dark spaces are only going to keep you away from your fitness goals.
Make sure there’s room for you to move around freely and then some. You can tell that your workout space is too small for you if you have to constantly reposition yourself to keep from hitting a wall or knocking over a chair.
Think About Storage
Open spaces sometimes mean putting away unnecessary stuff. Maybe it’s to clean up some space so you can work out there. Maybe it’s to put away your workout gear and your yoga mat after you’re done. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to think about where you’ll put all this stuff.
We recommend keeping a basket or a small chest of drawers right next to your workout area. This way you won’t have to go to one room and lug everything to your workout zone everyday.
A full length mirror is one of the most important things in any workout or training area. This isn’t just so you can admire yourself and get that ego boost. It’s so you can make sure your posture is correct and that you’re doing most workouts the right way.
If you don’t use a mirror while working out, go out and get one! You’ll be surprised at the results!
Invest in a Professional Trainer
At least for a little while, you might need a professional trainer’s advice on how to best adjust your workout space and your workout routine. They’ll be able to give you advice on what equipment is important for you to have, and what workouts you can do even without those bulky machines.
Most times, you can work out even without any equipment to achieve the same results. All you need to do is put your mind to it and listen to the experts.
Protect Your Joints
The hard floors at your home aren’t really suitable for working out. This is because they’re not meant to absorb any shock, which can spell trouble for your joints and your feet and legs will take most of the impact when you run or skip rope.
This kind of wear and tear can leave long lasting effects on your feet and knees, in addition to possibly damaging the floor as well. A simple solution is to use yoga mats. Or something else that makes it possible for you to work out without potentially damaging your joints.
As far as the interior and the layout of your workout area goes, that’s completely up to you. As long as you keep these important tips in mind and remember where everything is coming from, you’ll be alright.