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How to build a home gym

It seems like we're always on the go. From picking up groceries to driving to soccer practice to spearheading a new campaign at work, it seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. But no matter how busy life gets, it's important to find time for exercise. Not only will it help you with natural weight loss, it will make you more relaxed and help clear your mind. A great way to ensure you can fit exercise into your busy lifestyle is to build a home gym. Not sure how to get started? Keep reading!

Home Gym Equipment

To set up a good home gym you will need some form of cardio equipment, such as a treadmill, elliptical machine, stationary bike, rowing machine, step machine and many others. You will also need some weight equipment and possibly some resistance equipment. There are endless choices regarding weights. Free weights are often a good option, but you can also get universal machines that work your whole body. Get some resistance bands to ensure you fit resistance training (other than weight resistance) into your workout. Talk to a fitness professional – they can help you figure out exactly what you need to meet your goals.

Home Gym Set-Up

Are you the type of person who is too lazy to set up the equipment each time? Will this deter you from working out? It might sound like a small detail, but if you've got it in your mind that the set-up takes too long, you might skip the work out altogether. The key to in-home fitness is to set it up so that you'll use it on a regular basis – you want to make sure it's convenient to use. Choose an area where you'll be able to leave the equipment out all the time, rather than having to drag it out each time you want to use it. This could apply to free weights, mats or resistance bands that you might store under your bed, for example.

Home Gym Placement

The placement of your at-home fitness equipment is another important point to consider when setting up. Do you want your treadmill in front of the TV so you can distract yourself with the latest episode of Lost? Do you want it close to a stereo? Can you set up the equipment close to an outlet so you can plug in your baby monitor?

An in-home physical fitness program can be a great alternative to people who are always on the go and just don't have time to hit the gym. If you make the environment as enjoyable as possible, you're more likely to stick to your workout.

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