For those who like to work out in the comfort of their own home like myself, here are 6 ideas you can make your home gym more fun and exciting.
1. Allocate a portion of your garage for a home gym.
If you have some spare space in the garage, this is the best place to set up a gym.
At the least, you need a 3.05m x 4.88m space to perform workout routines effectively. You can install home gym equipment without much hassle.
2. An exercise mat is essential to your home gym.
Gym mats come in many forms and sizes. You can use Yoga mats if you need more support and cushioning while working out, or you may also use thicker and tougher exercise mats that can lessen the impact of weights dropping on the floor.
Gym mats are essential since it protects your floors and also your joints and skin when doing movements that involve touching the floor such as in the case of burpees and pushups.
3. Use a jump rope instead of a treadmill.
Use a jump rope if you do not have enough space or if you aren’t willing to invest thousands of dollars on a treadmill. Jump rope is an excellent alternative as it is inexpensive and does not take up a lot of room in your home gym.
You can control the intensity and speed depending on your skill and slowly progress until you can perform complicated jump rope routines.
This is a good cardio workout that will definitely increase your heart rate and burn a lot of calories. You also enjoy additional benefits such as improvements in coordination, balance, and agility.
There are also budget treadmills under $1000 in the Australian market if you are keen on using the treadmill in your home.
4. Optimise gym use by performing interval exercise routines.
If you have ample space for your gym equipment at home, one way to make sure you are maximising your workout time is by performing interval routines. You can set a time limit on working out all equipment and executing them in a strategic fashion.
For instance, you can do a series of free weights, burpees, and jump rope workouts in 1 minute and do it for 6 sets to complete a short but effective workout routine at home.
5. Make use of resistance bands.
Resistance bands are excellent additions to your home gym. If you don’t like dealing with free weights, you can use the bands to add some resistance. Use your own bodyweight for strength and conditioning workout routines.
This is also perfect for those who want to perform intense workouts with less stress or impact on the joints.
Resistance bands also offer the benefit of being cheaper than conventional dumbbells and occupying a small space in your home gym.
6. Why not dance?
Whether it’s freestyle dancing or a tightly-choreographed dance routine with your family, you get a good workout from dancing, too. Dancing does many wonders for your health and wellness as it is a form of cardio exercise.
According to studies, dancing can help you lose weight, enhance endurance and flexibility, as well as enhance your mood, too.
You can dance with your loved ones during rest days from working out. This is a good way to keep the body active without too much exertion and stress.
So, you see there are many creative and fun ways you can burn calories and stay fit at home.
Although it’s a really different experience to exercise at the gym, the effectiveness of workouts largely depends on the dedication and hard work that you put into every routine.
Try these fun and stress-free home gym workout ideas with your loved ones today.