Working out at Home: Tips to Make Your Home Suitable for Exercising


If you are one of those people who promise themselves and others that they will start going to the gym and taking care of their diet on next Monday, then the next one, and then the next, the first thing you need to do is stop making false promises and consider what’s stopping you from doing so without belittling yourself. It’s normal that you have little time and energy during the workdays and although you plan on going to the gym, after a draining day in the office, even bringing gym clothes to work wouldn’t help. This is why working out at home might be a perfect solution to motivate you to persevere and change your lifestyle to a healthier one. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you create an exercising space at your home.  


Work with the available space

The first thing is to assess the space that you have at your disposal. You would probably wish to have more but it actually doesn’t take that much since you are not aiming for a gold medal on the Olympics but to be fit. Basements are not the best choice because they usually lack proper ventilation and adequate lighting but if it is not a typical basement, it can serve its purpose, as well as the attic.


If you have plenty of space, then a home gym wouldn’t be a problem especially in winter, but with little space, you might need to move your furniture a bit when you decide to exercise but you can be positive about it and think of it as a warm-up. In that case, pick traditional exercises that don’t need much space such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges, and as for cardio, you can try 

jumping a rope.


Consider the equipment


And now for the fun part: your workout equipment. If you are a beginner, you might be thinking that you should purchase all the machines and pieces of equipment that have seen advertised on the TV. In reality, although some of them can be useful to a point, they are not essential for your home gym and they are mostly not worth their cost.


If you have enough space, while equipping your home gym, you can get the most versatile gym pieces such as a squat rack, the dumbbell rack paired with the bench press and a few barbells and plates. Since soreness is an inevitable part of your new lifestyle, especially at the beginning, it is wise to include at least one gym recovery equipment piece to help you reach your goals faster. You need to strike a balance between exercising hard and recovering your muscles to get optimal results.


Purchase a large mirror


People who are not so keen on exercising often consider the mirrors in gyms and other places for exercising are there solely for the sake of fit people admiring their figure, and although that is partly true, there is more mirrors than that. For beginners who will be exercising at home without a trainer, it is vital to have a larger mirror to be able to observe their movements while they exercise so that they can notice what needs to be improved, such as their overall posture or some angle at which you raise a body part.


In time, once you learn to listen to your body and when you grow stronger, you will be able to correct those things you noticed need correction. Also, it is very important not to wear clothes that are too loose: for starters, even if you have some extra weight, nobody will see you at home and additionally, you would be able to observe your body movements more easily if the clothes are more close-fitting.



If you wish to create exercising space in your home, you first need to opt for a well-ventilated room to make sure the environment is healthy. Based on the available space, you would be choosing your gym equipment or hiring professionals to come up with an optimal solution. And now, look at yourself in the mirror bravely and start exercising!


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Claire Hastings is a design student, wanderer, and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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