Build a home gym and you could keep your physical fitness regimen on track. Depending on the size of your yard, you could also extend your home gym to outdoor areas, allowing you to absorb natural sunlight and vitamin D while you work out at home. For example, you could jump rope or lift dead weights outdoors.
If you have a finished basement, consider using that space to install your home gym. Instead of carpeted floors, consider going with tile. Treadmills and other heavy exercise equipment can grind tears into carpet over time. Following are types of equipment and accessories that could help you get an energetic workout right at home:
Wall mirrors – There’s nothing like watching the results of your hard work pay off. Wall mirrors also help you to see where you need to make adjustments. You might think that you’re lifting manual weights for optimum results when, in fact, you’re curling your back or not getting a full arm extension when working with dead weights.
Floor mats – Department stores sell floor mats for $20 or less. You can do yoga exercises, as well as warm up and cool down exercises on floor mats.
Dead weights – Start with dumb bells and work your way up if you’ve never worked with weights before. Some dumb bells go up to 100 pounds. Sports stores and department stores sell weight bars and plates that you can also work out with. Leave enough room in your basement to lift and lower weights without bumping into doors, walls or other equipment.
Treadmills – Price compare treadmills before you buy them. More expensive treadmills come with televisions and DVD players. Some treadmills may also have computer plugins. Because you’re already at home, consider foregoing these options to save on costs.
Exercise bike – Working out on an exercise bike takes pressure off of your joints and limbs. For optimum cardiovascular and muscle building results, set your exercise bike to recline and increase the tension. Choose an exercise bike that comes with built in measurements like heart rate and calories burned and you can monitor your results in real time.
Rowing machine – A rowing machine gives your arms, legs, lungs and heart a good workout. Similar to a home gym exercise bike, a rowing machine can help you stay fit without putting a lot of pressure on your joints.
Balance balls – These balls come in different sizes and colors. They are great for stretching, coordination and balance.
Boxing bag – Boxing isn’t just for the pros. You can use a boxing bag to kick or hand box, improving your coordination, balance, flexibility and strength.
Add a home gym at your residence and you could save $10 or more a month in gym membership dues, not to mention the money that you’ll save on commuting costs. A home gym also puts exercise equipment like treadmills, weights, exercise balls and bikes within a moments reach. You could wave good-bye to the days when you didn’t exercise because you got off work after the gym closed or because you had to start work before the gym opened. As with any exercise regimen, consult with your physician before you start working out.