Making time to hit the gym is hard enough at the best of times. But with a few years of COVID related lockdowns and general pandemic anxiety, it’s been harder than ever to maintain an exercise routine.
As a result, many people have started creating their own workout space at home. However, despite our best efforts, some people find that home workout spaces aren’t as effective as the local 24-hour gym. This can be attributed to the lack of proper equipment or simply not knowing how to properly set up a personal gym.
To help you get the most out of your home gym, we’re going to cover everything that you need for an effective workout space.
First, it’s important to determine how much space you’re going to need. This will greatly depend on the type of activities you’re planning to do.
If you’re looking to do yoga or other simple bodyweight exercises, then you’ll really only need enough space to throw down your non-slip yoga mat. However, if you’re looking to use large equipment like treadmills or ellipticals, then you’re going to need to make sure that your home workout space is big enough.
Other activities like combat sports training will also require a lot more space. Generally speaking, you want to be able to move around while also being able to fully extend your arms outward.
Not having enough space might lead to improper use of equipment as well as improper form during exercises. Both of these can increase the likelihood of injuries.
- Vertical space
Besides the floor space, you should also consider the ceiling height. Lifting equipment over your head and/or adjusting certain machines will require you to have enough vertical space. This is particularly important if you lift weights, use stair climbers or use inclined treadmills. You should also consider your home gym’s ceiling height if you do exercises that require jumping or extending your body vertically.
- Proper use of equipment
It’s also important that you know how to use the equipment that you have. Despite their popularity and common usage, treadmills and dumbbells can still lead to serious injuries is used improperly. Because of this, you need to make sure you’re consulting the relevant instruction manual if you’re unsure about how to use or maintain a particular piece of equipment.
Once you’re finished using the equipment, you need to make sure that they are not accessible by children. All potentially dangerous items should be locked away or stored in high places. Remember that even seemingly harmless objects like jump ropes or stability balls can be a hazard to unsupervised children.
During and after an intense workout session, you need to be able to breathe properly. Proper ventilation is for better respiratory health as it reduces the number of contaminants in the air (i.e., pollutants and bacteria). This can be of huge help to those living with respiratory issues such as asthma. Proper airflow also prevents your home gym from retaining odours after your workouts.
If you look online, there’s an endless list of exercise equipment that you can buy. To make things easy, it’s best to sort these items into groups.
Here are the main categories that you could consider:
- Cardio exercises
- Jump rope
- Exercise bike
- Indoor rower
- Strength training
- Resistance bands
- Combat sports
- Exercise mats
- Hand wraps
- Punching bags
- Boxing gloves and pads
- Yoga mat
- Stability ball
- Step bench
Once again, it’s important to take the necessary precautions when using any of these items. If possible, you should consider getting professional guidance if you’re inexperienced with certain activities involving yoga, combat sports and weightlifting.
This was just a short guide to help you get started on your home gym. While you can never replicate the atmosphere of a proper fitness gym, having a home workout space can do wonders for your physical health and even mental well-being.