Most savvy individuals & certainly anybody who takes care of their health know that regular exercise has many benefits. Cardiovascular health, stamina, mood & mental health can all improve with exercise, while the risk of a number of cancers, as well as diabetes & other serious medical conditions, are reduced in those who keep themselves physically fit.
The Exercise Dilemma
While many fitness fans work out a few times a week in a professional gym, there may come a time when that is no longer enough. Some people grow bored with gym routines & look to add something else; such as a dance or a martial arts discipline to their weekly routine, but these are not always available at the gym. Some people might like to exercise more often but have a busy schedule that prevents them getting to the gym, while other individuals, such as shift workers or those with unpredictable or changeable schedules. People need the flexibility to exercise at odd times of the day or night, when most gyms aren’t open.
Fortunately, it is reasonably easy to install a quality exercise space in most homes. To begin with, of course, you need a spare or unused room; in many cases, a garage or basement area will provide the perfect space. If there is no spare room available, building a small extension or addition onto your existing home for this purpose can be a great investment. However, in all cases, the primary consideration when it comes to having an exercise area in the home is that you have sufficient room to move around comfortably & safely.
The second consideration is the internal environment & in particular the heating & lighting arrangements in the exercise room. Additionally, make certain that you do not forget ventilation; excessive heat & condensation can not only damage your home, they can be dangerous to your health if you really work up a sweat in your home gym.
You will also want to think about the flooring in the exercise room. If the room is for light exercise use a normal flooring material should be fine, but for anything more strenuous, such as heavy cardio exercises or weight training, you might want to think about installing a sprung or other sport-optimised floor.
The equipment that you choose to install will depend on your own fitness interests. Many people & in particular dance & aerobics fans will want a generous amount of mirrored surface on at least one wall. A wall clock is another must-have for timing routines accurately & giving you that extra motivation to work faster, harder & better. You will also need to remain hydrated, so a bottled water dispenser, or even just a tap, should be readily available.
A Great Investment
While building a home gym may seem excessive or indulgent to some, it is important to view it as an investment. If exercise is a big part of your life, it is something that you will be doing for many years to come. You need to ask yourself whether you would rather pay for that exercise with private gym fees, or with an investment in your own home which should increase its value.
Exercise is hugely beneficial to your health and, if you have a family, sharing that interest can be equally beneficial for them, too. Although a home gym may involve some initial financial outlay, the long term rewards may just make it one of the best investments you ever make.