Home gyms are the ultimate accessory to help fitness enthusiasts to reach their fitness goals. Building a home gym is an investment, but it’s now more affordable than ever and it saves you money in the long run. Plus, the convenience of working out at home is unbeatable.
In 2010, I cancelled my gym membership and started working out at home. To this day, I still consider that decision to be one of my top 5 best health and fitness decisions ever made.
I loved my gym membership, but the travel time became an excuse not to workout and an obstacle to consistency. I eliminated the excuse, added unbeatable convenience and workouts became more consistent than ever. And, the whole family uses our home gym. Imagine the money we have saved on fitness for 4. That’s a serious bonus!
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Have you considered setting up a home gym?
These 6 tips will help you get started on a budget:
1. Determine your workout preferences.
You can’t create a gym with every single amenity a gym offers and still keep it on a budget. Take a moment, and write down three workouts that you’re excited to do.
Do you love cardio and require very little equipment for your workouts? Are you into yoga and can easily start with a mat and space? Are you into lifting weights and will need a little more equipment?
2. Find a space.
After you know your exercise preferences, find a space that will give you the room you’ll need. Maybe a basement or garage? Do you have a guest room that can double as your workout room?
3. Start with the essentials and versatility.
Start with the equipment you need to get your through one or 2 complete workouts and that can be used in multiple ways. Maybe a yoga mat, resistance bands and an exercise ball.
4. Save your money.
Make small changes and the dollars for big item purchases will add up. Maybe skip that cup of coffee on your way into work.
If you had a gym membership that you recently cancelled, save the money you paid for the membership every month specifically for buying equipment for your home gym.
5. Shop around for great deals.
For bigger ticket items watch for sales, especially this time of year and don’t limit your shopping to sporting goods stores.
6. Make the space your own and a place you will enjoy.
Play your favorite songs, hang motivational posters and keep it stocked with water and towels.
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BONUS TIP: Find awesome free workouts online.
Check out this Total Body Superset Workout that can easily be done at home.