You’ve always dreamed of converting one of your rooms into a fitness room and finally, you are almost financially able to do it. While you know the kinds of exercises you want to employ and the gear you want to have on hand, it isn’t going to be quite as easy as you had imagined. Or, so you believe. Actually, you can build an affordable home fitness room with just a few tips.
Begin at the Beginning
It’s always a good piece of advice to begin at the beginning, but what would that be, you’d like to know? The first thing you need to think about is finding the right room to convert. Ask yourself:
- Is it going to be far enough away from distractions so you can focus on your training?
- Is it large enough to house the equipment you intend to buy?
- Do you ‘feel it’?
The third question might sound a bit odd, but there are just some rooms where you can’t ‘feel it.’ They aren’t exactly ‘right’ for inspiring you to exercise. For example, some people try setting up a home fitness room in their back sunroom and it doesn’t work at all. With all the sights of nature just outside your window, you will be easily distracted by daydreams of lying lazily in the sun instead of pumping the iron.
A Holistic Approach
When setting up your home fitness room, keep in mind that a holistic approach is often your best guide. As the charming fitness guru says in his program, Richard Simmons Project Hope, fitness is all about balancing proper nutrition with exercise. With this in mind, you just might want to keep your fitness room away from all those glorious smells emanating from the kitchen. Now is not the time to indulge, even though family members may be so inclined to do just that.
Balance Is More Important than Content
In recent years, there has been a great deal of press given to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. While fitness experts say that a fitness room should have plenty of natural light and airflow, balance is more important at this point. The Feng Shui of the room will help you determine if it has the right amount of energy for your purposes. If the balance is right, you can start off slowly acquiring equipment because you’ll be inspired to use what you have on hand. You’ll ‘feel’ the need to move, stretch, and build.
Keeping your fitness room affordable means finding that healthy balance between what you want and what you need. You may want expensive equipment like you use in the gym, but is it really necessary at this point? The spirit of the room will keep you moving until you reach the next stage in your financial journey. Buy only what you can afford and add pieces slowly as the room requires. Remember, too much of a good thing is still too much. Get the feel of your room in a place where distractions are limited and you’ll be on your way to the best and most affordable home fitness room.