The health trend is still making waves across the world and is set to continue to grow, getting more and more people on board with the idea of self improvement in many different forms.
In Australia, 24% of people follow a diet that limits or eliminates sugar, and over in America, nearly half the population have said they have made drastic improvements to their health in the last year. In the UK, 7 percent of people report they are vegan, with many of those people going plant based purely for health reasons.
Globally, the health and wellness industry is worth over $700 billion pounds and it isn’t likely to be stopping anytime soon.
If you have found yourself swept up in the excitement of getting healthy, then you may well have thought about creating a home gym for yourself in your garden. Gym memberships can be expensive, and it can be inconvenient getting to the gym before or after work.
If you’re committed to getting fit and healthy long term and you use the gym more than once a month then it could be a fantastic idea to create your own workout space in your garden. You’ll save money, have control over the equipment and decor, and most importantly you’ll have a space to workout in whenever you want.
Here our our top tips for setting yourself up with a home gym:
Depending on the size of your garden you might not have much choice in where you set up your gym. You might be using a building that is already there, or you might be setting one up. It is important you choose the best possible spot that works for your needs. If you want to set up showers and a hot tub for afterwards, and full electricity and amenities then the closer to your house the better so you can link to your home energy supplies. However, if you don’t mind not having full amenities and perhaps utilising diesel generators for power whilst you use the space, then you can pretty much place the gym anywhere you want on your land.
Even if the gym is going to be basic, a properly planned gym is a good idea. In commercial gyms the placement of machines is well thought out. You’ll want to think about exactly what you want in there, and where you want it all to be placed. It is also important to consider your decor, and your budget so you know exactly what you’re creating, how you’re creating it and the resources you have to create it. If needs be, do consider hiring a professional to design the gym and even build and set it up if your budget stretches that far. If this is going to be somewhere you spend time in every single day, it is worth that extra effort. This YouTube video on setting up a home gym is a great starting point for ideas.
The equipment may be the most expensive part of your home gym setup and so it requires a lot of thought. If you have a big budget you may well want to get straight in at the deep end and place every piece of gym equipment you can think of in your workout space. However, the likelihood is that you have specific gym equipment you use for your workouts. For a well considered gym startup, begin with the basic equipment you already use and then slowly build your equipment over time. This means you will only get items you know you need, and you’ll be able to take advantage of sales or bargains when you see them.
Safety should be a huge priority when it comes to your home gym. When you go out to a commercial gym the equipment is checked regularly and people are there to show you how to use it. If anything does go wrong somebody will see straight away and be able to get help to you. When you use equipment in a home gym you may well be on your own when using it. It will always be more risky than going to a commercial gym but you can minimise the risk by:
Buying equipment you know is safe
Getting a professional to check the equipment is safely set up
Maintaining equipment properly
Always checking equipment before you use it
Using equipment as directed by manufacturers
Having a phone in your pocket that is fully charged or a landline connected to the space
Letting somebody know you’re going in the gym
Ideally going to the gym with your partner or other members of your household
This home gym safety article is a great place to start in researching this topic.
Don’t forget that this home gym is yours to enjoy and so, it should be somewhere you want to spend time. Maybe for you that means spending extra cash on a music system, or perhaps that means comfortable floor mats you will enjoy doing floorwork on. It could even mean a bright green decor theme if that is what you have always dreamed of! Just remember this is your space to get fit in, and it is yours to design and turn into your dream workout space.
I believe the greatest gift you can give your family and the whole world is a healthy you. – Joyce Meyer
Do take your time planning and keep safety a key consideration in your creation and use of your workout space. The more practical and inspiring your gym is, the more likely you are to get fit and use the space regularly. If all goes to plan, you’re going to make big savings avoiding commercial gyms and big gains in the perfect workout space designed just for you.