Designing Your Home Gym Offers Benefits of Exercising at Home
A fool-proof system to reach outrageously low body fat levels the natural way – no drugs, crash diets or supplements
necessary. Tips on home gym design, and how to exercise at home.
The Benefits of Home Exercise
We all would like to learn how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days and get in shape with a minimal effort.
That’s how the fitness infomercial makes billions per year, promising miraculous results without breaking a sweat.
If you are not fooled by their claims then you know you have to work at getting in shape and losing unwanted pounds.
So where do you go for a challenging workout? If you are into walking and running, during the temperate seasons you
can get your cardio exercise in the great outdoors.
But to get a total workout that is not limited to moderate weather, you will need to either join a gym or equip
your home with fitness equipment. The major advantage of a home gym is convenience. And it is convenience that can
result in a more focused exercise regimen. Home gyms are growing in popularity. In 2000 over $6.7 billion was spent
on home fitness equipment.
Granted health clubs have the advantage of working out with other like-minded individuals. And if you are the type
of person that needs inspiration from others, the health club provides that environment. Of course, for singles it
is a great place to meet the opposite sex.
The disadvantages are time wasted driving to the health club, waiting in line to use equipment and costly membership
fees. I personally like to work out first thing in the morning. My time is limited due to my work schedule. The extra
time required to drive to a health club would deter regular workouts. Exercise for me is not a social activity. I
want to burn as many calories and strengthen as many muscles in as little time as possible. In my case exercising
at home is more practical.
Designing a Home Gym
If you decide that working out at home makes the most sense, the first consideration will be the location when it
comes time to design your home gym. You may choose the basement. But if it is dark and damp, this is not an inspiring
environment. Another consideration is an extra bedroom or part of a family room or den. You want an inviting location
that is well ventilated and provides sufficient light. For those that like to keep up with the latest news or the
soaps, a room with a television would be appropriate. If your home gym design is inviting, you will be more likely
to use it more often.
If lack of space is a consideration, there is fitness equipment like folding treadmill or compact home gyms that
minimize required space.
Selecting the Proper Equipment
In determining what fitness equipment to purchase, you need to define your goals and consider the type of exercise
machines that can help you reach those goals. Numerous homes are littered with unused exercise equipment that substitutes
for clothes hangers. Too often people buy infomercial equipment that is that latest fad. They discover that the
exercise bores them, and that the equipment is poorly built and does not deliver on the promises.
Another common mistake is buying cheap equipment that provides an unsatisfactory workout and frequently requires
repair. This is particularly true when purchasing a treadmill. A cheap treadmill is unstable, noisy and can be a
shock to your joints.
There are tips on buying various types of fitness equipment:
For walkers and runners a treadmill is a logical choice. And the good news is the recent models are built for endurance
and a pleasurable cardio experience. A Treadmill is the most efficient equipment to burn calories and lose weight,
that is why they are the most popular.
You’ll want a treadmill with a motor that is continuous duty with a rating of at least 2.0 HP. Continuous duty motors
give you constant maximum power. Non continuous motors are unable to run smoothly for an extended period of time.
Select a treadmill that accommodates your stride with an adequate length and width. The deck should be at least
18″ x 53″. If you are a runner and tall, you may want to consider a “stretch” model. The deck
should have a reasonable amount of cushion for minimal impact on your feet, ankles and knees. Several manufacturers
offer extra thick cushioned treadmills as an option.
For variety you’ll want a treadmill with incline control and computerized programming. Incline control simulates
an uphill climb, while the electronics can be programmed to create a diversity of running or walking experiences.
Elliptical trainers offer a no-impact workout that exercises numerous muscle groups. This is achieved through the
dual cross-trainer arms combined with the foot pedals. Elliptical trainers provide the following advantages:
Time Efficiency – The dual action of arms and legs optimizes energy expenditure. Requires less time to achieve more
Weight Bearing Exercise – Builds bone density and burns calories more efficiently. Inhibits the onset of osteoporosis.
No Impact – Safe for joints. Ideal workout for people with back, knee, hips and joint problems.
Low Maintenance – Less impact means less wear and tear.
Small Footprint – Does not take up valuable floor space.
As with treadmills, elliptical trainers vary from K-mart specials to health club quality. It is important to find
a motorized machine that has a natural stride and is built to last.
This is a just a short list of potential home fitness equipment. It can be supplemented with stationary bikes, free
weight, steppers, aerobic videos, rowing machine and countless other products.
Determine your goals (lose weight, build strength, etc.), then narrow your search to the appropriate equipment.
The selection needs to be based on what will work for you, not what will be the best for hanging laundry.