A home gym can be a great convenience, allowing you to work out at any time using the equipment of your choice. You'll avoid having to drive to and from a gym and having to wait for equipment. And in this continued time of social distancing, you'll feel safer by working out at home.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following steps to help you decide which type of home gym is right for you:
- Figuring out your budget
Before you start planning your home gym, figure out how much you'll have available to spend. Keep in mind that while you may initially want a complete setup that will keep you motivated, you can always add equipment as you go. Don't forget that buying new equipment isn't your only option since some stores sell used equipment, and you can also check Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist, and other sites for used gear. And if you currently pay a monthly fee for a gym membership, you may be able to save that expense if you're happy with your home gym as a substitute.
- Determining what available space you'll be using
The amount of space you have to work with will help determine what kind of home gym you can have. If you have only part of a room, for example, you can utilize equipment like yoga mats or light weights that can easily be stored off to the side, so they're out of the way. This also applies to a jump rope, which can be used instead of a bulky treadmill if you need to get your cardio in. You can also maximize your available space by choosing equipment that can be used for more than one type of exercise.
- Choosing your equipment
Selecting your equipment depends on your budget and the amount of space you have, as well as what you'd like to work on. For example, a treadmill can help you work on cardio if you have enough space for it, and resistance bands can help you work on strength training. And don't forget to add some foam rollers to aid in your recovery.
- Designing your space
In addition to your equipment, you can help transform a space or room into a home gym with some additional bells and whistles. Make sure you have window treatments that provide natural lighting if available and add plenty of artificial lighting. You may also want to add mirrors so you can check your form, and they also have the added benefit of making your space feel bigger. Finally, if you have an entire room to work with, consider covering your regular flooring with gym flooring to give you more of a cushion and to protect your floor from getting slippery.
Contact us at Park Sterling Realty for more information about how a home gym can not only benefit you while you own your Westchester County area home but also when it comes time to sell. We'll know how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.