New year, new you: how to set up a home gym

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, around 82% of Brits are hitting the track or the treadmill to get healthy this January. If you don't have a good-value gym nearby, or don't quite have the motivation to take a chilly evening run after work, converting your spare room into a home gym could create the ideal exercise environment for you. 

 

Choose a room

When picking a space for your new gym suite, it's best to choose a bedroom with good ventilation and a window you can open. Exercise is hot work, so you want to make sure there's plenty of fresh air. An unused garage works just as well as a spare bedroom. The concrete flooring helps keep the room cool, and you're less likely to cause any damage if you drop a dumb-bell or two. If you're looking for a new home, you can buy a house that already has a home gym (and avoid any renovation or redecoration work). For example this 4 bedroom detached house in Letham also comes with a gym and an 8-seater hot tub to relax in after a workout.

 

Choosing your equipment

According to the NHS, adults aged 19 to 64 should do some moderate exercise everyday. This should involve about 150 minutes each week of aerobic exercise like jogging, and strength exercises like weight lifting at least two days per week. You'll want to make sure your home gym ticks all these boxes. A barbell and plate set is essential for getting your strength exercises in, and a bench makes it easier to do your bicep curls. Make sure you've got some full length mirrors so you can keep an eye on your position. Add a spin bike for your cardio, and if your budget can't get you a treadmill, you can always go outside to jog.

 

Other accessories to include

Proper interlocking gym flooring will help to protect your equipment and your property. It's also handy for soundproofing. A television makes a good addition to a home gym, too. You can zone out in front of your favourite soaps while you train, or use it to watch exercise videos. Les Mills has an on demand service (a bit like Netflix for exercise) so you can join in with popular gym classes like Body Pump and spinning, from the comfort of your own home.

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