Let’s get one thing out of the way: exercising at home as opposed to a gym has its benefits and drawbacks. A home gym is more flexible and affordable whereas a gym membership can offer more variety and motivation. If you’re on a budget and trying to get back into shape then exercising at home may be a great idea to consider. Or perhaps you just need something at home to supplement your gym workouts. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for you to get fit:
Give Yourself Some Space
If your home is large enough to fit a separate home gym then you are already one step ahead. Otherwise, find space in your home where you have enough room to do your workouts in. This is most likely your living room where you may also have the benefit of playing workout videos on your T.V. Move over furniture like your coffee table if you have to (and if you’re looking for a table that’s both stylish and easy to move around, look through this selection of tables and see what’s right for you).
Protect Your Belongings
Whether you have carpet or hardwood flooring, protect them -and yourself- by investing in workout mats to place underneath you. Meanwhile, make sure that there aren’t any items around you that you don’t want to risk accidentally breaking -sometimes our clumsiness gets the best of us. Lastly, keep small children and pets at a safe distance when doing your workouts -while it’s funny for your dog to hop on your back while doing planks, that may not be the safest scenario for both of you.
Only Buy Equipment You Know You Need
Avoid spending thousands of dollars on a bulky treadmill that will likely collect dust after the first few months. You can start off with some simple equipment like small dumbbells, a jump rope, and a yoga mat before advancing further. But for the most part, stick to workouts that require minimum equipment like barre, Zumba, and H.I.I.T. Once you feel ready to take your workout to the next level, feel free to invest in more equipment. Don’t forget to properly store them away after you use them.