January is the month of resolutions. The main resolution many of us plan for is getting back into shape especially after the binge eating during the holidays. But does investing in a gym membership really worth your time? Do you really want to get up at the crack of dawn for the 5:00 AM class? Most of the time, the answer is no. Everyone has a busy schedule during the week and fitting in a gym-time hour is just as hard as keeping any other resolution. 

For some homeowners, one way they’ve kept their resolution of getting into shape is investing time to create an area for their home gym. Rather than investing $40 per month in a gym membership, investing just that, or a little less per month can get you just the right amount of equipment needed to keep in your home. The best part of your own home gym or gym area is that you can workout when you’re ready for the convenience of your own home. 

If you’re thinking this can be a great option for you, here are some of the top areas and items we’ve seen that are most popular for home gyms. 

 

LOCATION:

Where can you designate space in your home for an effective workout area? 

  1. GARAGE — the garage is the number one area for a home gym and the style of a garage just fits. You can designate a small corner or half the garage for your workout needs. Check out our home gym pins for some inspiring garage home gyms. 

 

  1. BACKYARD — what better area to designate as your home gym! You have running space, and the beauty of nature to inspire your workouts.

 

  1. EXTRA BEDROOM — if you have an extra bedroom or office space, double up the use of your space by adding a mat, some light weights, resistant bands, and your body weight. It's a great way to stay motivated and not have the hassle of getting ready to go anywhere. 

 

ESSENTIALS

Small and compact items that help with effective workouts are best for home gyms so that you don’t take too much space but also have a great workout. Here are our top 5:

  1. Light Dumbbells
  2. Sliders
  3. Resistance Bands
  4. Balance Ball
  5. Floor Mat

 

Here are additional pins that can help inspire your essential home gym needs and great home workouts to help you get inspired.