Avoid the Gym Bunnies by creating a Home Gym

We are all aware that in order to lose weight and tone up we need to exercise. But many of us would do anything to avoid a tri-weekly trip to the gym. The membership fees are high, the fellow members can be intimidating and your favourite piece of equipment is often favoured by everyone else before you. So what can you do to get round this problem? Simple, create a home gym instead.

Think about it… what could be better? You get to work out in your own time, in your own home and on which ever piece of equipment you prefer. No long queues for the treadmill, no sickeningly slim Lycra clad gym bunnies to erode your self confidence, just quality fitness equipment for your sole use.

A home gym is easy to create and many of us will admit to having at least one room in the house that doesn’t get as much use as it should. And don’t forget, you can even create a home gym in the garage or shed if space inside is too tight. A garage is actually ideal, because it is likely to be cooler than the rest of the house (perfect for when you are working up a sweat) and will have a solid floor meaning it can take the weight of the equipment with ease. You can also bounce up and down to your heart’s content without any creaking floorboards so you don’t disturb anybody.

In order to get the most from your exercise routine make sure you install either a TV or stereo in your home gym. Exercising to music really helps to establish a tempo and the TV can really help to distract you from the monotinty of exercise. Just think how quickly half an hour on the cross trainer will go if you are watching your favourite soap opera at the same time!

Motivation can be the biggest hurdle to the success of your home gym. You need to ensure that once you have installed your equipment you use is regularly. You won’t get fit simply by looking at it (or using it as a place to hang clothes from). When choosing your equipment you don’t need to go crazy; buy one product initially before investing in something else once you have established a routine. Fitness equipment for your own home gym is a financial investment, but it is also an investment in your future health and fitness levels.

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