Due to gym closures and social distancing, many people have come to enjoy the convenience of working out at home. If you’ve recently acquired new exercise equipment, consider these tips to help you maximize your home gym.
- Choose your location wisely. If possible, set up your gym in an area of your home where you’ll actually want to work out – ideally in a room with plenty of natural light. A dark, cobweb-filled corner of the basement is unlikely to provide much in the way of motivation. Start by decluttering the space. Then, organize your workout equipment on shelves or in storage bins, and consider adding lamps or string lights to make the area more inviting. A full-length mirror is a great way to make your home gym seem larger while also allowing you to keep an eye on your form.
- Grab some gear. While treadmills, spin bikes and weight benches are helpful, you don’t have to spend big bucks on equipment in order to stay in shape. A few affordable, easy-to-store pieces can go a long way. If you haven’t already, consider purchasing the following: an exercise mat, resistance bands, a jump rope, and a set of dumbbells (light, medium and heavy).
- Mix up your routine. The options for on-demand and livestreamed classes are practically endless. Choose one or two workouts that you love, but don’t be afraid to try something new as well. If you gravitate toward high-impact cardio workouts, mix up your routine with yoga. If stretching is your thing, consider adding in some weight training, or give kickboxing a try.
- Find your motivation. What’s your ultimate goal? Perhaps you want to improve your endurance, drop a few pounds, build muscle, or increase your balance and flexibility. Maybe working out improves your mood and outlook on life. Whatever drives you to exercise, try to tap into that motivation when you feel like skipping one of your workout days. No matter what your home gym looks like, one thing is for certain: The best way to make the most of it is to use it on a consistent basis.
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