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In today’s world, working out is of paramount importance if we want to live a long and healthy life. It is typical for people who desire to exercise to go to the gym and pay for a monthly, or a yearly gym membership. But now there is a new, more affordable way to enjoy the thrill of exercising from the comfort of your own home. In order to help you turn your small home space into a perfect small gym, we have prepared a list of some practical and cheap tips and tricks.
1. Designate a room for the gym
First of all you will have to choose which room in your home is going to serve as your new private gym. Inform your family that this room will only be reserved for working out. In it you will need peace and quiet, so ensure that it is located in the secluded part of your house. Make sure that it has enough natural sunlight during the day, and that it is well lit during the night. If you have small children, stash your dumbbells and heavy workout equipment somewhere they can’t find it. In case you don’t have a room where to put the things after you have freed up space for the gym, self storage could be a great solution. I was more than satisfied with the affordable and spacious storage units in Sydney.
2. Diversify your equipment
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It is important to keep the equipment in this gym room diverse. First of all make a list of all the types of exercise that you want to do and then get the required equipment for it. For example, if you plan on losing weight, make sure that you get everything you need for cardio training. But be careful, most people think that cardio is enough for weight loss, but your body can adjust to this type of workout over time and you will then stop losing weight. Therefore it is crucial that you add some resistance training to your routine with stretch exercise bands, and medicine balls.
3. Strength training stations
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Strength training stations are a must-have for every workout enthusiast. Having these stations is good for people in their 20’s as well as people in their 50’s. Make sure that you buy a set of dumbbells ranging from 5lbs to 15lbs.
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They won’t take up much space in your home gym and will add so many workout ideas for you to experiment with. If your goal is to get that perfectly toned body while at the same time lose excessive weight, then you should plan a day just for strength training.
4. DIY gym gear
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Workout equipment like treadmills, and other expensive items can be bought at discount prices from gyms when they go out of business. Additionally, you can always find great second hand items for half the market price. For some less complex work out gear there are always DIY alternatives. You can make various work out items by using different materials from your household. Kettlebells have a unique shape which allows the user to efficiently perform strength, cardio and endurance exercises. This will only cost you 10$ at the hardware store. Here is a great way for you to make your own personal alternative kettle bell. Additionally, we recommend putting together your own personal punching bag which you can make with the help of your kids. DIY medicine balls are easy to make. All you need to do is to find an old basketball, punch a hole in it and fill it with sand. Then patch it up with a tyre-patch kit, or heavy duty duct tape.
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All in all, creating your personal home gym can be a great experience and fun for the whole family. In the end it is not the amount money spent that shows how much a person loves working out, but the time and effort he invested.