Tips for Creating a Budget-Friendly Home Gym

You have seen them on television and in magazines—lavish home gyms, replete with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, elaborate sound and lighting systems, whirlpool tubs, steam rooms and saunas. Granted, these work out spaces are beautiful, but are not realistic for most people.

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If you prefer exercising in the privacy of your own home, take some of the money you would spend on a health club membership and create a customized gym at home.

Determine a Budget

Before you do anything else, set a budget for your home gym. Always purchase the highest-quality equipment you can afford, to achieve your desired workout.

If you have the budget to purchase a treadmill, stair-stepper or multi-gym system—go for it! However, it is easy to create a great home gym even on the tightest of budgets.

Choose an Appropriate Space

Assess the available space in your home. You may have an unused bedroom, corner of the basement or even a portion of your two-car garage. Make sure the space you choose is conducive to your exercise regimen.

Setting up a tranquil yoga studio alongside your husband’s power tools and lawn equipment, may not be the proper environment. When creating shared spaces, consider using a folding screen or ceiling mounted curtains as a room divider to delineate your gym space.

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Start Small

Don’t sweat the big stuff. Some of the best home gyms start small. Even with limited space and basic equipment, you can put together a top-notch workout. Opt for a stability ball, resistance bands, dumbbells, step platforms, aerobic DVDs and a proper mat for a well-rounded routine. When budget allows, add new pieces of equipment.

Consider Your Personal Needs

According a government report entitled “2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” you should perform a combination of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises each week to benefit your overall health.

Aerobic activity boosts your stamina, sheds unwanted pounds, builds immune defenses, strengthens cardiopulmonary function and improves mood. By adding a strength training component to your workout routine, you will increase bone and muscle mass, improve balance and manage disease symptoms--such as arthritis pain.

Account for Physical Limitations

Keep physical limitations in mind when planning your home gym. If you have not been active in quite some time or have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition, consult with your physician for an appropriate exercise plan. This will dictate the activities, intensity level and types of equipment that are right for you.

Research, Research, Research

Large exercise equipment purchases require careful consideration. Research the features, quality, technology, design and safety of offered by different machines and manufacturers. Make sure the equipment is easy to operate and has a good warranty and repair program.

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When you are ready to buy a specific machine, go online to read reviews and compare prices for the best deal. Don’t forget to check the measurements to ensure your machine fits in your new home gym.

Add Finishing Touches

Select a motivational wall color for your home gym. There are no rules when it comes to color choice. Mirrors placed along one wall make a small room feel larger and allow you check out your form. Add interest to the walls with your favorite artwork or inspirational messages.

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Include open shelving for towels, CDs, DVDs and small pieces of equipment. Illuminate the space with ample overhead lighting. Purchase a small weight rack to organize your dumbbells. Use an mp3 player in its docking station and combination TV/DVD player to serve as your gym’s audio/video system.

© 2012 lindacee

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Water-filled milk jugs, real stairs, and stretch bands, will start an in-home, or apartment gym for anyone.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Indeed, Perspycacious! Great suggestions for a home workout. A home gym doesn't have to be elaborate or costly to get the job done!

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