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Fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes it can be hard to get out to the gym when you have so many things going on! Deciding to set up a home gym is a great way to help find the time to stay in shape despite your hectic schedule. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own home gym, we’ve got tips on how to make it the perfect spot for the whole family to break a sweat!

Find a Space

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First, you need to decide where you want to set up your home gym. The most convenient option is to have a specific room for your gym. However, if you can’t dedicate a whole room to your new workout space, feel free to look to other rooms in your home. A spare bedroom, office, or even a back porch or patio, are all great spaces for exercise! Even further, if you don’t have a spare room, a small area in your home (like a spot in the living room) can double as your workout space.

Fitness Feng Shui

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In order to get yourself in the right mindset and boost your energy levels during workouts, make your space as light and airy as possible. An ideal fitness space has lots of natural light coming in from windows or doors. If you have a space with no windows, you’ll definitely benefit from adding in more light sources. As a tip, if you add lamps in your home gym, try to look for soft white bulbs instead of harsh bright ones. Mirrors are also a helpful tool for feedback on your form during exercises and can help to open up a room, making it appear larger than it actually is!

Bringing in plants can help boost oxygen levels in the room. Ferns, bamboo palms, and spider plants top the list for their indoor air purification powers! We also highly recommend clearing your exercise space of clutter and distractions by removing all gadgets, gizmos, papers, or other items that might call your attention away from the workout.

Stock Your Gym

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If you’re just starting out, you don’t need a ton of equipment or bulky machines to make your home gym an effective place to exercise. Foam rollers, jump ropes, dumbbells, and resistance bands work just as well! These can be used effectively to knead out muscles, strengthen your core, or work as props for yoga poses as well as cardio and strength training. Also, while stability balls can be fun for workouts, they can be very tough to store. Instead, try using balance disks instead; you get all the benefits and they store much more easily. Don’t forget, you don’t have to buy everything all at once. Start with a few key pieces and then gradually build up from there.

Organize

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Once you’ve got all your equipment, you’ll need to store it in between workouts; especially if you’re using a shared space. Try to dedicate a few shelves or bins to organizing everything you need for your workouts and get creative with ways you can store your fitness equipment. You want to keep it neat, dust-free, and out of sight when not in use. Set up a corner shelf unit where you can have your iPod dock, speakers, and a plant or two so they’re all set up for your workout routine. Storage ottomans are also a great option for storing resistance bands, dumbbells, and other fitness gear while you’re not in your gym. 

After you find the perfect spot for your home gym, the next steps are fairly simple! Just make sure to keep the space well lit, away from distractions, and put your equipment stored when not in use. Also, don’t forget that small, affordable equipment works just as well as hefty pieces. For more tips and tricks to use around the home be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series!

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