For much of the UK health and fitness is an important part of our weekly routines. Whether you exercise once a week or multiple times, it all contributes to healthier ways of living. Exercise has undeniable benefits such as the ability to help reduce the risk of major illnesses like strokes and type 2 diabetes, plus it can also help our mental health.
According to Statista, the number of gyms and fitness centres in the UK more than doubled between 2011 and 2020 – following this, figures are expected to exceed pre-pandemic figures. Although joining a gym can be a great source of motivation, many people find greater benefits in doing exercise at home. Some might even consider creating a home gym if they feel it’s a worthy investment.
If this is you, here’s what you should consider when planning your at-home gym.
The right space
Not all homes are suitable for an at-home gym. You need a good amount of space, otherwise you could risk causing damage to your property or injuring yourself and others around you. There should be enough space in between equipment and particularly if you plan to have an area for floor workouts. This way, you can also protect your equipment.
Create a budget
As with any large home project, it’s sensible to draw up a budget so that you know what you’re working with. You ideally want to avoid spending more in the long run than it would cost you to pay for a monthly gym membership. Some at-home gyms might involve converting a basement or a loft, which can be an expensive project. Then, you’ll need to consider the cost of the equipment, which can range from £600 to £3000 for a treadmill alone.
You might use your rainy day savings or get funding elsewhere, perhaps through a loan or from family and friends who you plan to share the space with.
Prioritise your needs
Having a clear budget will help you to prioritise equipment and certain features. You might want to focus on strength training in which case dumbbells and plates will be a worthy investment over an exercise bike.
Work out which kind of exercise you genuinely enjoy and are more likely to stick to before taking the plunge. Exercise is extremely personal so you shouldn’t try to push yourself out of your comfort zone where it isn’t realistic. A gym set-up that will actually get used will be far more beneficial than one with every piece of equipment going.
Keep it clean
Just like you’d wipe down equipment in a public gym before and after use, it’s important to give your own gym the same treatment. Even though it might be just you using the machines, you should clean them regularly to stop bacteria from building up.
Maintenance is another important part of having an at-home gym, so set time aside to check that your machines and equipment are in working order.