Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when many gyms across the country were closed, people had to get creative with their workouts. Many started exercising from home, and it’s clearly become more than just a trend.
Home workouts are easier than ever thanks to advancements in technology. If you have a little bit of time and space, you can transform your garage into a high-tech home gym and reap all of the fitness rewards of a gym membership without the cost.
Regular exercise is important. Whether you are already a gym buff or you’re trying to develop a consistent fitness routine, having a workout space at home can give you the motivation you need to stay in shape and experience the benefits of exercising on your own terms and on your own time.
As a bonus, it’s easier than you might think to turn your garage into a gym. With a few initial tech investments, you can create a state-of-the-art fitness space at home.
Transforming Your Space on a Budget
The first issue you’ll have to face when transforming your garage into a gym is space. Chances are, you’re already using your garage for something else. Maybe you park the car there, or maybe it doubles as a tool shed. Before you do anything else, declutter the space as much as possible. Find a storage solution for everything, and get rid of items you no longer use or need. Sometimes, something as simple as a decluttering session can clear a lot of space!
From there, you can create a floor plan for your workout space. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to take up the entire garage. A half-garage home gym can be easier to construct while still allowing you to use the space for other purposes. No matter how big you decide to go, your floor plan should take note of the type of equipment you want to use, traffic flow, and how much space you’ll need to move around. Once you have that in place, you can turn your garage into a home gym by:
- Installing gym flooring
- Hanging mirrors
- Creating ventilation
- Adding insulation
- Creating storage solutions
Ultimately, you should be designing your home gym with your specific fitness goals in mind. You might not need a lot of expensive, heavy equipment to reach those goals, especially when you use multiple tech aids to stick to your fitness routine.
Investing in Innovative Equipment
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the types of workouts you can do at home, thanks to technology. Are you a runner? Something as simple as a treadmill and smartwatch can help you keep track of your steps, miles, and calories. Getting into fitness for the first time? Consider signing up for a virtual training program. Companies like Peloton have essentially perfected personal training at home. You can sign up for live virtual classes and join hundreds of other people online while an instructor guides you through everything.
You can even invest in technology that allows you to stay active with your favorite sports. If you enjoy boxing, you might want to consider buying a smart fitness mirror. These mirrors work by displaying a trainer in front of you or allowing you to watch yourself while you work out to correct your form. Some offer real-time stats as you go through your workout, while others are designed to push and motivate you.
You can even golf in your garage if that’s more your speed. Golf simulators have made it easy to practice your swing just about anywhere, so even if it’s the middle of winter, you can perfect your technique and be ready to hit your favorite course when the snow starts to melt. It’s a great way to have fun and stay active when you can’t get out or you just want to stay home.
The Benefits of a Home Gym
The biggest benefit of having a home gym is undoubtedly convenience. It’s much easier to walk into your garage for a workout than it is to travel to the local gym. That can serve as a motivational tool to exercise more often, and you’ll be more likely to adopt a regular fitness routine that works for your lifestyle. Regular exercise can help with things like:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Boosting energy
- Building stamina
- Strengthening bones and muscles
- Improving mood
A regular exercise routine can even help you get a better night’s sleep. If you consistently struggle with symptoms like a dry mouth or throat, sore teeth, mood swings, or anxiety, it could be that you’re not getting the rest you need. Working out can help with that, improving your sleep hygiene and your overall well-being.
Not only can a home gym save you time and money, but with a few tech advancements, you can take greater control over your health and fitness than ever. Something as simple as a fitness-tracking watch or wearable pedometer can be a great place to start. So, if you want to keep up with a regular workout routine without having to invest in a gym membership, consider transforming any unused space in your garage into a high-tech fitness space you’ll use every day.
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