Instead, think about the alternative of leaving more space free and open for different types of activities and instead of using large equipment, focusing on smaller things. For instance, getting a jump rope or cardio circuits will do the same magic as a treadmill or bike. Dumbbells are also a great, multifunctional option. Leave some space for a yoga matt as it can be used for a large variety of exercises on the ground to work all the different parts of your body.
Use a mirror
Even if you’re not fond of following every movement in the mirror to reach perfection, you will be surprised by the range of positives they have in a room created for physical activity. Monitoring your reflection and tracking the changes in your body can be extremely useful for self-assessment and can ensure stable progress. You will be able to spot the strong and not so strong parts of your body and will be able to tailor your workouts to get maximum results.
Besides, having a mirror in your workout room will reflect light, increasing the level of brightness in the space. The illusion of a larger training space will certainly increase your motivation to be active and will keep your motivation levels up.
Create flooring that will support your workout
Most people focus on the design of a workout space at home without really paying too much attention to one of the most important parts – the flooring. It doesn’t come up as a top priority on the to-do-list when decorating and organizing, but flooring does matter for two reasons.
First, you can easily sacrifice your floors and cause long-term damage through intense workouts. Second, hard surfaces can have an extremely negative impact on the body. For instance, word and concrete don’t absorb the impact during activities like jumping of jogging. Rather than absorbing, these surfaces push the energy back through the feet and legs, causing injuries and discomfort. If you want to keep your floor and your body safe, you can opt for a surface like a basket weave. Materials like maple are commonly used, even in professional gyms. An alternative is to go for a commercial-grade interlocking foam mat that will also do the trick without having to replace your floors and heavily invest in the buildup of your workout space.
Think about storage and organization
Once you have in place the larger parts of your workout station at home, it is time to consider the smaller but also important bits to your special room – the storage compartments. Depending on your workout preference, your storage space could vary. Of course, you have the rest of the house to yourself when it comes to changing and keeping your equipment but it will always be preferable to have everything tidied up in one place, easy to access and use.
Remember that you will need to be quick in accessing the necessary equipment, especially if you need it in the middle of your workout. Open spaces like cubbies are a great solution. Consider choosing open cubbies that are delivered with racks for your mats. You could also use drawers to store some of the basic things that you use from the start of your workout. Another cool storage option is a whole lifted shelving system that is bolted to the wall. This solution allows you to keep everything up on the walls an avoid wasting any flooring space. It may sound more difficult than it is and only takes a few hours to fully adjust. Of course, don’t forget that you’ll need to place a TV somewhere if you’re fond of using workout videos or tutorials, which are an amazing way to stay in shape.
Getting into the mood
Now that you’re ready to start creating the ultimate workout space at home, it’s time to get in the right mood and zone for some active time. For some people, music is a great motivator! Choose a high-intensity workout mix on Spotify or YouTube and get your mind prepared. In addition, you will find that clothing does set you in a certain mood! So if you’re still in your pyjamas, it’s time to say goodbye and welcome a new outfit for our workout.
Choose your favorite pair of
leggings, put on your best sports bra and you’ll notice how you’re already starting to feel uplifted and energized! Don’t forget to stay hydrated and always have a bottle of fresh water by your side in your special workout station at home. The rest is up to you! Stay motivated and challenge yourself every day when it comes to your workout. You’ll be surprised to see what you can achieve from home, without the expense and time wasted to commute to the gym!