This time of year gets us focused on so many goals and processes. We look at a fresh year as a way to commit to our health. Reviewing our eating habits, reviewing our activity level and overall goals, basically losing a few pounds from the holiday indulgence. After all, bathing suit season is just around the corner.
One area of the home that we assess is our workout area and what is available to us to get ourselves headed for a healthier course. Here are some tips to identifying home fitness spaces.
We start by identifying a space in the home that will support our specific fitness needs. This will also help us identify the tools we need or like to help with our activity level. Some already have a space with some equipment. This area can be started on your journey to a healthier you. But for those who have not identified their needs, this a great time to get started. Once you have identified your space and reviewed what equipment can actually fit in the space, it is important to measure the equipment and space. It is also important take into consideration your body movements.
Measuring your equipment and allowing for a specific set of space around the equipment is important. If your space can only hold your equipment you risk not being effective with your new fitness regimen. To gain the most effectiveness from your workouts, you will need to extend legs and arms. You may also need to possibly bend from the waist. Understanding the size of your family members and their reach will assist you in identifying the exact space you need. Both for your equipment and your ability to have an effective and safe workout.
If you are new to working out, it actually might not take a lot of equipment to get started. A simple pair of dumbbells, a yoga mat and your own body weight might be all you need to get started. But if you wanted to add more to jump start your workout, take a look at the equipment you acquire and learn how to document your purchase. Also document the equipments warranty period should something accidentally go wrong with exercise equipment. Also read the directions carefully on the equipment use to avoid any injuries.
Something else to consider is take into consideration other family members and their schedules. For instance, if you add a treadmill to your bedroom and want to work out in the early morning while your mate is sleeping. A treadmill in the bedroom might not be a good idea. But maybe putting a treadmill in a garage area or some other location might help you.
Additionally, identifying if you work out in silence or you prefer some noise can narrow down the location of your new workout room in your home. If you use an MP3 player with headsets, this is easy to attach to your workout wear. If you need a visual tool like a television or DVD player, you will need to make space for these tools. The positive is that televisions are so thin and able to be wall mounted, that not a lot of space needs to be reserved. However, you will need to determine the location of the television and the workout equipment. This will help you understand a physically safe way to view the television. You would not want to create injuries because you might be craning your neck to watch the television or a DVD of your workout instructor.
Flooring is also another component to think about when identifying your in home fitness center. Many large pieces of equipment manufacturers will also offer floor coverings to make sure your floors of any sort are protected. Large equipment and weights can scratch or damage surfaces if you are not using the proper protectant. Another option is to add large pads that your sports stores provide that gets placed prior to the heavy equipment being installed. The right flooring can also be installed to help limit injuries. Using a padded type flooring will give you some absorption from moving and jumping and such associated with workouts.
Making sure your in home fitness center is clean is important as bacteria can build up and create other forms of illnesses. Additionally, the proper cleaning of the equipment will help the equipment last longer. Make sure to wipe down your equipment and to follow your manufacturers suggested maintenance. This will ensure the longevity of the equipment. Documenting your maintenance schedule of your equipment can ensure is effectiveness and longevity.
We hope you are off to a healthy 2014!