Home workouts have become hugely popular during the first wave of the COVID pandemic. With local gym studios shutting down to protect their staff and customers, we’ve been forced to look around for alternatives. Staying active in your day-to-day life is essential to your health, both mentally and physically. Regular activities are crucial to maintaining bodily functions, including keeping your immune system strong. Ultimately, with the coronavirus remaining a threat, you can’t afford to give up on your workout routine. But what can you do when you don’t feel safe going back to the gyms?
The answer is simple: Outdoor workouts have been fantastic throughout spring and summer. However, we are approaching fall, and soon the cold and rainy days will keep you indoor. If you are wondering how to exercise safely and comfortably at home, here are some of the most frequent at-home exercising space modifications.
The Good: Make it part of your home improvements
You need a dedicated room to exercise correctly. Depending on your choice of workouts and your training preferences, you may be perfectly happy with a yoga mat and a handful of small dumbbells. But what if you would prefer to vary your routine and create a sports room for the whole family? In the long term, a home gym design project can be cost-effective for families. You can save a lot of money on gym membership fees. But you will also find it easier to stay fit as you can squeeze workouts into your schedule. Besides, it can significantly increase your home’s value if you are planning to sell in the future.
The Bad: It takes over the house
When you work with professional architects, your at-home gym room is self-contained and smartly designed to fit your home structure. A DIY approach can be useful as well, as long as you set clear boundaries between your workout areas and the rest of your home. If you are familiar with the Feng Shui philosophy, each room has a clear function enhanced by its design and interior decor. The same principle applies to your exercising area. However, it can be easy for enthusiastic crafters to overdo it and let the sports space take over the entire home. This is precisely what happened in this house where the owner started with a small skate park project that ended up covering 85% of the interior. Selling the house will be an interesting challenge!
The Healthy: You make room for fitness in your life
Not everyone wants to dedicate a budget to creating a fully functional gym area. But there’s no need to create a mini-gym studio to stay active and fit at home. You can start with a simple project that can free up space, such as decluttering your home and moving furniture. Decluttering has a positive impact on your mental health, making it easier for you to stick to at-home workouts. Meditating will also help you focus your mind, so you can be fully now and here when you choose to exercise. A lot of online workout programs are suitable for small spaces. You only need a laptop and enough room for a mat.
In conclusion, there is more than one way to exercise at home. However, you need to know how your choices will affect your home value and mind. Depending on how much you want to invest in the project, a new workout area could range anywhere from a yoga mat in the lounge to a fully functional studio.
How have you handled your home workouts? Let me know in the comments below!