Having a home gym can be such a convenience, but it also means there are no excuses for why you cannot make time to go to the gym everyday. Setting up your own home gym is really not all that difficult. Take a look at this step by step guide on how to create the perfect space for you and your family.

Pick a Space

When deciding on where to build your home gym, open and underused rooms such as your spare bedroom, basement, or garage are the best ideas. Keep in mind that the size of the room must be relatively spacious in order to accommodate the workout equipment and machines you plan on incorporating. Something else to think about is the time of day in which you work out. If you are a morning exerciser, make sure that the space you choose for your home gym does not have constant sun exposure in those hours as it will make for an unfavorable workout.

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Decide on Flooring

Installing the right flooring in your home gym is pretty important when looking at its functionality. You want to make sure that it is soft enough to cushion your fall but also hard enough and tough enough to withstand the wear and tear of the workout machines and your activity. Tough, non-slip surfaces like rubber are a popular choice!

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Decorate the Walls

Time to add some personality to the space! Make your home gym an inviting space and it will make the idea of working out less daunting. Add a fresh coat of paint, some mirrors, and some wall art and the space will be transformed into one that you really dont mind spending time in.

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Choose Some Lighting

Having a home gym with a bunch of windows is ideal, but unfortunately not all spaces allow for that. Make sure that the lighting you use can range to support the kind of workouts you are planning on doing. If you are planning on using your home gym for yoga and meditation, dim lighting is what you are going for. If you are planning on using it for cardio and weights, bright light is what you want. The perfect solution for this is to install a dimmer on your light switch.

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Organization is key in this type of space, especially if you are already starting with a tiny and compact room that has other purposes. Installing open shelving, racks, and hooks allows for you to clear the space of all equipment, reducing the clutter so you can use every inch of space to its full capacity.

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Posted by Connor Cherrie

Connor Cherrie is a content writer for the HomeStars Blog.