Just because we’re living through a pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t engage in a fitness regime. It should not cost you a lot to put together a home gym. Of course, there are some practicalities you must take into consideration before getting started though.
Health and Safety
If you haven’t exercised in a while or you’re ready to start a new routine you don’t want to overdo things. This is especially true if you have pre-existing conditions – something you should talk to your doctor about prior to exercising. In either case, you’ll want to make sure you warm-up ad cool down properly so you minimize the risk of injury.
You should designate an area in your home for your home gym. A 6-foot by 6-foot area should be enough room for you to exercise on a standard exercise mat. However, it’s more important to get some exercise in than it is to worry about how much room you have available to do this exercise in so make do with whatever space you have available. You may even want to get outside and exercise some just to change up the scenery a bit. Sometimes there are local outdoor gyms nearby that you can use for this.
Types of Exercise
You should think about what types of exercise you want to do in your home gym. Most fitness trainers will recommend that you incorporate cardio, strength, and flexibility training throughout the week so you get a good all-around workout.
Most basic exercises don’t require specialized equipment. This will save you from spending money on things you’re really not interested in using. Of course, there are some basic types of exercise equipment you’ll want to invest in. These include:
- A yoga mat. This way even if you lose interest in doing yoga you’ll still have a mat to work out on. Make sure that if you’re over 6-feet tall you get an extra-long mat so it fits you properly.
- You’ll want to have a good pair of trainers to work out in. This is especially true if you plan on doing any high impact exercises like kickboxing or jogging. Make sure that you find a pair that fits you well and comfortably. Spending a little extra money here is worthwhile.
- A set of weights isn’t a necessity when you’re first getting started but they can be nice to have. You can actually start out by using a 16-ounce water bottle though. These weigh about one pound each so you’ll be able to get a good workout with them. When you are ready to invest in a set of weights you should opt for a value set that includes two two-pound weights, two four-pound weights, and two six-pound weights.
Having a good clear schedule is one of the best things you can have for your home gym. Studies show people are more likely to stick with an exercise plan when they know what they’re going to be doing ahead of time. However, if you’re brand new to this you may have no idea what you’re even doing. There is plenty of information online that can help you – everything from apps to YouTube videos that you can simply follow along with and get a good workout.
If you’re able to build a new home in Tampa Bay, FL, you could always work with Vitale Homes to build a house with an extra room for your home gym. You’ll still want to incorporate this fitness equipment into your home gym there so don’t put off getting started on your fitness regime today.
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