Design an Exercise Room You’ll Want to Run To!

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Let's face it - it's tough to find the motivation to exercise. Regardless of how much energy you have, how comfortable your new sneakers are, or how great you want to look in your bathing suit this summer, getting started is more than half the battle. Help your home exercise room help you! If you want to get excited about working out, make your home exercise room a place you want to visit. Follow these tips to love the space you break a sweat in.

Buy equipment you're going to use:

If you're going to invest hundreds of dollars in large exercise equipment, be sure that you will use it more than once. Think about your go-to machines at the regular gym. Do you spend a lot of time on the treadmill? Do you dominate the elliptical? If so, these should be the machines you invest in. Many companies will let you test equipment for 30 days before you purchase it; use this to your advantage.

Utilize easy free-standing equipment:

Free weights are a must have in a home gym. They allow you to increase the difficulty of your work out without too much effort. Give yourself a 30-pound range in your free weights. This way, you start out easy and build up to more resistance. Other easy, affordable home exercise equipment includes:

  • Jump ropes
  • Yoga mats
  • Medicine balls
  • Resistance bands
  • Exercise balls
  • Aerobic step bench
  • Adjustable weight lifting bench

Paint with vibrant colors:

Your home gym should get you excited. Paint your walls in bright and energizing colors that will get you pumped. A bright blue or green will create a calm vibe without being boring, while a bright red or orange will set you up for consistent determination and drive.

Proper floor padding:

Don't neglect your feet when you're planning out your home exercise room. Floor pads will reduce the amount of shock and stress you inflict on your feet, legs, back and neck. They also allow you to opt out of sneakers when you're doing floor work, or working with the free-standing equipment.

Add wall mirrors:

Mirrors can be your best friend and your worst enemy when you're at the gym. They make you very aware of both your form and appearance. Although you might not want to watch yourself sweat, mirrors will prevent you from stretching and exercising incorrectly, therefore limiting the chance of personal injury.

Include proper ventilation:

Don't forget about fresh air when you're working out. You want to make sure that you don't neglect your breathing. If you've got windows in your home gym, leave them open. If you don't, set up a ceiling or floor fan to keep the air fresh, and to help you cool down. Leaving the door to your gym open will encourage cross ventilation throughout your house.

Bring the outdoors to you:

Another way to create a fresh flow of air in your home gym is to add a few plants. Plants create their own oxygen in your space, and increase the quality of air when you're doing all that huffing and puffing. Ask your nursery which plants are easy to care for indoors and create the most oxygen in an enclosed space.

Get a TV:

If you have the space, set up a television in your home gym. You can include video-guided exercise routines to your list of activities. These are great if you're looking to target a specific set of muscles that you have a hard time toning on your own, or if you're looking for a specific amount of time with consistent hard work. It's much easier to break a sweat when you're being told what to do.

A TV will also allow you to watch your regular programming without having to sacrifice your time for exercise. You'll be amazed at how many calories you can burn on the treadmill while you have your favorite show or movie on to distract you.

Don't forget the music:

Music is definitely a bonus to any workout. It's energizing and makes your workout fun. Set up a music station and create a playlist to get pumped up! This is the perfect time to throw on that loud dance music you love so much, but are always too embarrassed to blast in the car. A small table or stool for a portable radio is sufficient, or you can go all out and set-up a full sound system with integrated speakers on the walls of your exercise room.

Design your home exercise room to increase your physical productivity. You know yourself, and you know what it takes to keep you motivated. Decorating a space is a lot like setting up a consistent workout routine: you only take away what you put in to begin with.

Last Updated: January 18, 2012
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