A well-designed gym will encourage you to exercise and stay healthy. We inform you how you can accomplish this, from the comfort of a gym at home
With hectic life-style and increasing awareness about fitness, many people now prefer to have an exercise area or a gym at home.
When setting up a home fitness, it is important to choose an area that is shiny, safe, inspirational and can be customised according to one’s needs.
“Home owners can opt to have a gym in the balcony, where one can perform yoga, or in front of the tv, where you can exercise with some Zumba videos playing. It could also be a bit corner in the bedroom, where the treadmill is placed, or an exercise mat on which one can follow instructions from iphone app on the smartphone, ” clarifies Lekha Gupta, senior you at L. A. N. (Language Architecture Body).
Several homeowners prefer cardio and weight lifting. For this, one needs a designated health club area at home.
A tiny but comfortable personal health club at home, will need 300-500 sq ft of space. “For the floors in the gym area, avoid materials that are slippery or prone to scratches. Today, one can choose from a huge collection of marmoleum or convertible top in bright colours that would be suited to the gym area, ” Gupta adds.
Ensure that the home gym will get ample natural light, as celebrate a positive atmosphere. If you need man-made lights, opt for LEDs, as these produce less heat than fluorescent lights. Make sure that the place is properly ventilated and has windows and fans. You may also install an air-conditioner. Mirrors are an essential part of any gym, as it makes it much easier to observe what one is doing. You can also opt for a media/entertainment unit and place it in an unobtusive space, to avoid accidents.
The equipment for the home gym, should be chosen on the basis of one’s fitness, targets and budget. You can enlist the services of an exercise expert, for the same. “Choose equipment that you enjoy and will use on a regular basis, inch suggests Praveen Nair, owner of Crossfit TFF.
“Don’t crowd a health club with all sorts of equipment. A treadmill and bicycle machine are surely needed. Then simply, one can add a squat rack, bench press rack, pull up tavern and muscle up tavern. You can also have an olympic bar and a few dumbbells and kettlebells, based on your fitness levels and need, ” says Nair.
A luxury at home
Ankit Khanna of Navi Mumbai, who has a tiny health club in the balcony of his bedroom, feels that it is luxury to be able to exercise at home. “I enjoy my morning schedule. My own balcony is breezy and I like the view. The home gym has a rustic and durable theme. One wall has exposed brick, graffiti and inspirational quotes. I have a treadmill, a counter and dumbbells. The other wall of the porch is painted in dazzling red and has a huge mirror. Beside it, I have framed educational posters on fitness and motivation. They simply verve up the space, very well maintains Khanna.
Anybody can also jazz up the home gym, by putting up artwork or accent elements on one wall. When designing the space, ensure that there are no sharp, exposed corners and maintain as much clear floor area, as possible. Residence owners with deep wallets, can also add a steam room or a Jacuzzi,or a relaxing massage chair if space lets.
Exercising at home? Adhere to these tips
Always buy good quality home health club equipment and gizmos that are durable very safe, after consulting an expert.
Make sure that the home fitness center is bright, airy and an attractive location to exercise.
Apart from natural light, use LEDs to light up the home health club, if needed.
Have enough plug points for electrical power cords of fitness equipment and also so that you can enjoy music when exercising.
Maintain equipment carefully at a designated place.
Add a tiny shelf, where you can place towels and drinking water bottles.