Taking care of your body is already a priority to you, but you’re ready to take it to the next level by installing your own home gym. It may seem as though installing one will ensure you’ll exercise without any excuses — there will be a gym in your home, after all. However, it’s up to you to make sure the space has everything you’ll need to get a good workout or you won’t use your gym, no matter how convenient it is.
We’re not going to let that happen, though. Instead, here are four of the most important things to consider when building a home gym so your space works for your workouts:
1. Choose a Closed-Off Space
When you leave your home to work out, you go to a gym that’s far from your home life. Your kids, your spouse, your pets and any other chores you have to do are left behind, and you can fully focus on your fitness routine.
That’s why you have to make sure your home gym has some sort of separation from the hubbub in the rest of your home. A spare room with a door will do the trick, as will a home gym in an empty garage or basement. Just make sure you can close a door, crank up the tunes and work out to the best of your ability — no distractions allowed.
2. Give Yourself a View
Once you’ve chosen the perfect room for your home gym, make sure there’s something for you to look at while you work out. Your current gym does this perfectly: It has mirrors hanging up everywhere so you can watch your form and make sure you’re doing each move properly. Give yourself the same view with a mirror or two of your own: It’ll save you from injury if you lift with proper form.
3. Get the Temperature Right
The last thing you want to do is work out in a room that’s either too hot or too cold. Experts say the proper temperature for working out is between 68 and 72 degrees, so make sure you adjust your thermostat prior to exercise so you can perform your routine comfortably.
If you live in a space without central air conditioning and heating, you’ll have to make do with space heaters and fans to keep yourself warmer or cooler, depending on the season. The flow of air is monumentally important both in and out of the gym, so keep things moving with an open window, fan or other system.
4. Buy the Right Equipment
Now that you’ve got the perfect room with the right décor and the ideal temperature, all you have left to do is invest in the equipment that’ll make your home gym complete. For most fitness-minded folks, the basics will do the trick: a power rack, a barbell and its adjustable weight plates, a bench and dumbbells should be enough to get you started. The must-haves might include a cardio machine, rubber flooring, a yoga mat, etc. — customize your kit to your favorite workouts.
Your home gym now has all the ambience and equipment you need to get a great workout steps away from where you eat, sleep and live the best parts of your life. With your fitness area in place, all you have left to do is start sweating and making the most of your new gym.