So many people enjoy working out and making exercise part of their daily, or at least regular routine. Unfortunately, gym memberships are difficult to pay for in today’s economic situation. Do you have the room in your home for a home gym? Check out these tips and see if you can make it work. It could cost considerably less than a gym membership, especially if you consider the fact that most gym memberships require a year-long commitment which will cost a considerable amount of money.
The first things you will need for a home gym solution is a set of exercise equipment. You can purchase these in a wide variety of places, including online and in person. Tesco Direct offer a selection for reasonable prices, and Argosor Littlewoods offer some excellent options, too. When you are purchasing your equipment, you need to bear a few factors in mind:
- Space. If you need your equipment to take up little room, you will need to look for units which can be folded to fit into small spaces. Ideally, you’ll want to test how easily this can be achieved; a rowing machine that takes substantial figuring-out to put away is going to be far less convenient than a treadmill you simply fold and slide into an out of the way corner.
- Durability. You want to check reviews to ensure that you can count on this equipment to last a reasonable amount of time. Bear in mind how much money you need to save on; check with gyms ahead of time and see what you’d be paying for that first year. As long as you come out with less money spent for more than a year’s worth of service, you’re ahead of the game. Obviously you can tailor your budget to suit your financial needs. Check the manufacturer’s warranty, too.
- Ease of use. Having a space-age stationary bike is great, but if the controls are too complex to make use of you won’t get much pleasure from all those extra features. If these features are the only upside over a cheaper or more convenient model you may find they’re best left alone.
- And finally, weight limit. If you wish to exercise more to help change your lifestyle in terms of reaching a healthier weight, you’ll have to make sure you don’t exceed the maximum weight limit for the equipment in question.
Do you have a guest bedroom? Or will you be using your living room to exercise in? Perhaps you have a cupboard under the stairs where your equipment will be stored when not in use. Research the space available and measure the areas where you plan to store the units. This information is invaluable and deeply necessary in terms of knowing what you can and can’t do.
Remembering you don’t need to have a room that’s constantly set up as a gym is important. You can employ creative storage solutions. Equipment that folds up really small could even be stored beneath your sofa – experiment with options and exercising at home could be both cheaper and more convenient than a gym membership.