Working out provides stamina, health benefit and overall well-being. With obesity on the rise, time scarcer than ever, it’s no wonder the boom of the home gym is on the rise.
When considering having a home gym, think about whether you’ll use an existing room in the house, or build a room? Building can be expensive or limiting depending on your property, however, you’ll be adding valuable square footage.
If you have an existing room, think through the ceiling height. Cable cross over machines, jump rope and mini trampolines require higher ceilings than home gyms equipped with treadmills, an elliptical or stepper.
You also need proper electricity and space. Too much time moving equipment or plugging in machines will create frustration and possibly avoidance.
Think about what keeps you motivated; Windows? Watching TV? Listening to Music? Plan to have that in the home gym. You also want to consider ventilation. Think about windows and fans.
For floors, you probably won’t want wall to wall carpeting. Carpet can be difficult to work out on, so consider having hardwood or linoleum floors. Workout mats can also be used.
Once you have a space for your gym, you need to select the equipment. Before you rush out and buy everything that a professional gym has, figure out what your needs are and what keeps you motivated. Love biking? A high quality incline bike could be a nice option. Working on strength training? Door pull up bars and resistance bands are great home gym additions.
Free weights and stability or yoga balls are good starting equipment pieces. Having one or two top quality machines such as a treadmill or an elliptical trainer are good for those who are already committed to an exercise program.
As one of the top three specialty rooms that buyers are looking for in a house, a home gym can be a great addition to your home. Increased property value and improved well-being makes a home gym a good investment.