Since the first stay-at-home order at the start of the pandemic, people have had to get creative with how they worked out. No longer able to go to the gym or take fitness classes, our homes became our gyms, no matter how much space we had. Although gyms are opening back up, not everyone feels safe going back, and it looks like home gyms are here for the long run. Take a look at our home gym essentials, small space ideas and affordable tips for your at-home fitness needs.
1. Keep It Simple
You don’t need a bunch of machines and equipment to have a good home gym. Keep it simple and portable with items like a yoga mat, dumbbells, jump rope, medicine ball and resistance bands. If you don’t have a separate space you can dedicate to a home gym, these items are easy to store away in baskets or cupboards for when you need them.
2. Choosing Your Workout Space
If you have the space for it, setting up a home gym in a permanent location like the basement or a spare room is ideal. You can add equipment like a spin bike or punching bag without ruining the aesthetic of a shared space. However, if you live in a smaller space, there are creative solutions too. Find a temporary spot you can easily set up for your workouts. Natural light is always a plus and as long as there’s enough space for a workout mat and somewhere to place your laptop to watch online workout videos, you’re good to go!
3. Find Your Favourite Online Classes
When gyms and fitness studios closed, they were forced to get creative with how they offered workouts. Many of them moved online, offering classes for a monthly fee. If you frequented one of those studios, consider investing in their online platform so you can do the workouts right from your living room. Most of them are quite affordable. If you’re looking for a totally free option, YouTube will be your new best friend. There are plenty of fitness gurus offering amazing workout classes from Pilates to HIIT to bootcamp and so much more.
4. Wait for Sales for Larger Pieces
Workout equipment doesn’t come cheap and if you’re someone who wants a piece like a spin bike, treadmill or rowing machine, wait until there’s a sale before you purchase it. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known to be two of the best sale days of the year, with Boxing Day following close behind. Waiting for these sales to purchase big ticket items will help you build your home gym in the most affordable way.
5. Think About Home Resale Value
Although home gyms are becoming increasingly popular, not every future potential buyer will have one at the top of their must-have list. Avoid installing expensive and permanent pieces such as floor-to-ceiling mirrors and flooring as these may be a turn-off to buyers and are not likely to increase the value of your home.