Watch Yourself To Prevent Injury
Working out at a gym can be a safer experience than working out by yourself at home. There are more people around to help you if you get caught with too much weight, and there are trainers who can give you tips for better form. But just because you’re not at a gym doesn’t mean you can’t have a safe at-home workout experience.
One way to ensure you have a safe exercise space, according to Mark Anderson, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, is to install at least one full-length mirror in your exercise space. These generally won’t cost you more than about $20. By being able to watch yourself conduct your exercises, it becomes easier to tell if your form is off and then make the necessary adjustments to have a safer workout at home.
Because exercise equipment can be very expensive, especially if you’re trying to outfit an entire home gym in one go, it’s a good idea to look for used equipment first before you settle for buying brand new—and pricier—equipment. Matt Biss, a contributor to BodyBuilding.com, recommends keeping your eye out for gym auctions, sales, or classified ads to find the perfect equipment for your new home gym at a fraction of the cost. By shopping for equipment this way, you’ll be able to get the gear you need without spending your entire life savings to do so.
Storing Gear When Not In Use
Unless you have a designated room within your home that you can use as your home gym, you’re probably sharing a common space meant for other purposes as well. If this shared room is used by others within your home for the majority of the time, you’re going to want to make sure you have a way to store your gear when you’re not using it. Jessica Smith, a contributor to Shape.com, suggests purchasing closed shelving units that will hold a decent amount of gear and blend with the room’s decor in order to make the room as functional as possible with little financial burden.
You can create a home workout space without spending an arm and a leg. Use the tips mentioned above to outfit the perfect home gym for your needs and budget.