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Home gyms for many equal an ideal way to maintain an exercise regimen. Here are 6 spaces in your home that can serve as a staging ground for healthy living.

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You’ve been dreaming of creating a home gym but aren’t sure you actually have the space. If you rethink your rooms, however, you’ll find that you’ve got plenty of places to turn into a home gym. After all, you can get in a good workout without a room full of equipment. You just need a little ingenuity.

1. The basement

Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, it’s a great place for a home gym. As long as your unfinished basement has enough light and isn’t moldy or dirty, you can put down mats, put up a mirror, and start working out to videos or on equipment.

Your finished basement is even better, and if you’ve got the time, you might want to consider finishing at least part of your basement so you can turn it into a gym. Basements are great because you have lots of space for exercise equipment.

2. The spare bedroom

Move the old bed out of the spare bedroom, and instead get one that folds up into the wall. That way you can still have guests over, but when you’re not hosting, you can use the room as a gym. You’ll need smaller equipment that you can push to one side when you have company.

The treadmills that fold up into themselves or the all-in-one weight lifting machines typically take up less space. If you want to be sure the room stays nice for company, get a folding screen or a curtain to hide the equipment when it’s not in use.

3. The garage

Garages won’t work for everyone because they may be too hot or too cold in certain seasons. Or, maybe your garage is an important storage center that doesn’t allow for much extra space. But if you have some modicum of temperature control in your garage and either don’t use it for your car or have extra space inside it, set up your exercise equipment there. There isn’t much else to look at in the garage, so you won’t have any distractions while working out!

4. The office

Well, half of it at least. If you don’t have any extra rooms that can become a full gym, use half of the office for fitness and the other half for working. Store materials like resistance bands and small exercise balls in baskets, which you can put up high on shelves or in the closet to keep them out of the way when you’re not working out.

You don’t even need exercise machines. Your desk chair, the stairs, and even water bottles can all become exercise equipment.

5. The enclosed porch

A lot of people don’t take advantage of porch space, and if you don’t have furniture out there, you should make it into a home gym instead. An enclosed porch will be more comfortable temperature-wise than a screened in porch would be, making it feasible as a work-out space.

6. The outbuilding

This is for those of you with enough space in a backyard for a tiny home, shed, or container building. A home gym located in an outbuilding like these on your property  can be an effective solution if you don’t have much room in your main space. It can also lend a sense of purpose to that space, designated as it is to a building of its own. That’s some extra motivation to spend time there in an exercise regimen.

Exercise your creative muscles

Working out at home is an ideal situation for a lot of people. The good news is that your own home has the potential to be the host of your exercise program. After all, your home should reflect the things in your life that are the most important to you. When it comes to creating a home gym, let your space suggest something to you. From there, let the first muscles you exercise be your creative ones!

Resources:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-decor/room-makeover-ideas/how-to-turn-a-bedroom-into-an-exercise-room.htm

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/10/04/garage-gym/

 

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.