While exercising regularly is as essential as having the right kind of diet, the ideal hours of sleep, restful and cozy home, and the need to take some time off work, it is the one that’s often overlooked. People have all sorts of reasons and excuses not to exercise. Read more about that here.
“Oh, look at us, we live such busy lives, we barely have enough time for rest, and you’re telling us to spend some more time for exercise? We’d rather go catch some snooze time”, some would say.
Some also say that just the thought of exercising sounds a chore to them. They’d rather grab a large bag of chips, check what’s interesting on Netflix, and binge-watch. Also, have you not been in a situation when you actually wanted to turn your life around and jumpstart a healthier lifestyle but you have no idea how to do it the right way? And so, you’ve just quickly brushed off the thought of workout in your mind.
No matter what’s your excuse for not taking some extra effort to exercise regularly, the sad news is, we humans are not designed to live a sedentary lifestyle. Check this out: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/18/lack-of-exercise-as-deadly-as-smoking-study-finds/
If we are to avoid aches and pains, and lifestyle-related illnesses, we need to take action now. Literally, TAKE ACTION. Forget the comfort of your couch. Forget Netflix just for a while. Start living an active lifestyle.
“But, how?”, you ask. If regular membership to a nearby commercial gym sounds like hassle to you, then create your own home gym. Where do you start though?
Determine Current Situation with Your Overall Health
Before making your own home gym, take a pause and think about the specific health goals you want to achieve through your workout routine. Do you want to lose excess weight? Or would you like to address that underweight issue? You know for sure that working out isn’t just meant for those who are prone to getting excess pounds. Even those who are skinny need to do a regular workout routine tailor fit to their weight gain diet plan.
Your other health issues also say a lot in determining the right workout routine for you. Some health conditions only allow low-impact exercises since the high-impact ones may pose greater risks for their body. The wrong workout and the wrong amount worsens overall health rather than improve it. We wouldn’t want that to happen to anyone. So, if you have some health issues, you should be able to discuss to your physician that you’re planning to start a workout routine. He might give you some advice on what exercises you can choose and what to avoid. Your physician will most likely give you some tips on what to do before, during, and after your exercise as well.
After you’ve come up with a detailed list of your health needs and goals, you’ll be able to figure out the kind of home gym you’ll set up.
Find or Create an Appropriate Location in Your Home for Your Gym
For those who are just planning to build their home, this is quite easier. They can include a space for their own gym in their house plan. It can be a space in the basement, near the garage, or attic—the choice is up to you.
However, if you already have a home and you’ve suddenly thought about making your own workout space, the challenge is to find an appropriate location. Some homes have a spare room that isn’t really used, except that it serves as a storage area for the assorted stuff that have already accumulated as a huge bulk of mess. Why not sort out the things you’ve stacked there, find those that you don’t need anymore and those that you still really need? You’ll discover that there are so many stuff just taking up a big amount of space in your home but aren’t useful anymore. Either throw them out or give them away. Much better, do a garage sale if you have time for it.
Now that you’ve cleared up some space in your house, perhaps, you now have enough room for your home gym. Whichever room or part of the house you’ll be choosing, make sure it will be spacious enough for the necessary workout equipment you’ll set up in there. This useful site discusses more details on designing a home gym.
Revamp Your Home Gym with Some Interior Design of Your Choice
Your home gym doesn’t have to be fancy unless you have the budget to be able to do so. What’s important is that it should have the ambience that motivates you to push yourself to be consistent in your workout. It must be both conducive and inspiring for the theme of most of your workouts.
For example, if your workout focuses on dance exercises such as Aerobics and Zumba, your home gym should be designed in a way that exudes vibrance and energy. Read more about dance exercises: https://www.livestrong.com/article/160607-definition-of-dance-exercise/
Choose happy colors for the paint, décor, and your gym equipment.
Whereas, if your exercise focuses on peace and relaxation such as Yoga and Tai-chi, the overall feel of the room should be airy, quiet, peaceful, and relaxing, too.
Buy Necessary Workout Equipment
One common mistake that many people make is to buy exercise equipment that they won’t really need in their workout routine. Then, the costly equipment is just left there unused, gathering dust.
This is exactly the reason why you should be able to define your fitness goals and health needs before setting up your home gym. Do you wish to train your chest, core, arms, and legs? Do you want to do Crossfit exercises? The Just Home Gym website gives valuable guides and insights on specific workout routines that can help everyone learn what could probably work for them. Determine what you’ll be doing first. When you do so, you can avoid wasting money on an exercise tool you won’t be using anyway.
So, what now? If you don’t have a workout routine yet, start turning your life around. It may be a gradual change, but you can be successful in the long run when you push yourself to make it consistent.