Nothing can combat workout laziness than having your own state-of-the-art home gym. You don’t need to leave your home, drive, and wear flattering workout clothes to get your sweat on. You can opt to throw on a ragged shirt and joggers—whatever is most comfortable—and you can still get your adrenaline going without having to worry about getting weird looks from strangers.
Why not invest in a home gym if physical fitness is one of your resolutions for 2022? Here are some clever and creative ideas for a well-equipped gym or fitness center in the comfort of your home.
Invest in a tennis or basketball court
If you and your family love playing sports as a way to stay physically active, why not invest in a sports court in your yard? If you have the square footage for it, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate this value-adding feature into your property. It will motivate you and your family to tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, or the sport of your choice.
It can also double as a workout space since nets or baskets can be modular. It’s a win-win for families who want to stay active, especially during a time like COVID-19 when doing everything from the safety of our home can help protect us from the virus.
Add your kids’ toys and gear
If you have small children whom you need to watch at all times to ensure their safety, why not incorporate their toys and sports gear into the gym? They can have their own special station where they can do some stretching, running around, and playing. It’s the best way for the adults to get their cardio fix while at the same time being able to keep a close eye on the children.
Convert the attic
If you have a fairly sizable attic with plenty of windows that provide natural light, why not convert it into a fitness room? You can remove everything you own and leave your workout equipment. It can also do double duty if you are the type who loves peace and quiet—add some pillows, rugs, and even candles, and you instantly have a yoga or meditation room. Just ensure it’s not too comfy so that you’re not tempted to lay down instead of exercising.
Make it look like a dance studio
Why not add floor-to-ceiling mirrors and ballet barres to make the space look like a dance studio? If you are someone who enjoys dancing, Zumba, and other similar aerobic styles, turn your home gym into a dance studio. You can even incorporate some party lights and neon lights so that you can truly feel the rave atmosphere as you work out. Invite your family and friends—make a day of it. In no time, your home dance studio will become the favorite workout space among your friends and family members.
Long indoor pool with circadian rhythm light system
If you have a big enough basement space, why not consider adding a long indoor swimming pool with a circadian rhythm light system? This will be an excellent use of indoor square footage because swimming is one of the best ways to move our body, and having a circadian rhythm light system will help condition your mind and body to create healthier sleeping habits.
Moreover, a long and slim pool design that stretches from one wall to another will help you get in your daily laps. If you don’t have the space for a long indoor pool, consider installing a type of jet that will help you swim against the current, even if you’re staying in one place.
Consider an accessory dwelling
An accessory dwelling is a separate structure that can serve multiple purposes—it can be a mother-in-law suite, a pool house, or just a general casita where guests can sleep when they visit. If you don’t have the square footage in your main home to add a home gym, you can check if your area’s zoning laws allow for building a separate structure for it. Make the design inviting by opting for floor-to-ceiling windows or sliding glass doors.
If you make your home gym as inviting as possible, and if you take into account the types of workouts you and your family enjoy, there’s no reason why your home gym can’t be everyone’s favorite place in the house. This 2022, invest in your and your family’s overall health and well-being by investing in a well-designed and well-thought-out fitness center or home gym for the whole family.