Not everyone’s lucky enough to have entire rooms dedicated to an at-home gym. And it’s not easy to find the time or budget to actually go to the gym. But that doesn’t mean you have an excuse to avoid your daily burn.
Creating a multipurpose room is a great solution if you’re pressed for time, space, or money (or all of the above). Your living room might work better than other rooms in the house (imagine moving all of your dining room or bedroom furniture). But you need to make sure your living room can do double duty—both when it’s time to work out and when it’s time to relax.
Plan and measure your room
First thing’s first: Think about what you need to accomplish with your living room, and then think about your home gym needs. If you only need your home gym to accommodate your yoga practice, minimalism is the way to go. But if larger equipment comes to mind, you need creative and strategic use of space.
Here’s a pro-tip: Use magazines to lay out the room and estimate how much space your furniture and gym equipment will take up. It can help you visualize—and you’ll have something to do with all those extra magazines lying around.
Assess your floor needs
Your home gym flooring is going to go through a lot—whether it’s jumping jacks, sports drinks, downward dogs, or potty-training pups. You’ll need to decide which type of carpet works best for your needs, such as STAINMASTER® EverSoft® SDN carpet or STAINMASTER® SolarMax® carpet.
Refer to the types of workouts you plan to do, the type of footwear you’ll use, and what comfort level you’ll need. When figuring out how to work out at home, your home gym flooring needs to be firm enough to offer support but soft enough to be comfortable. You can also consider an area rug that’s easy to roll up, so you have a firm surface during workouts and something soft post-workout.
Create a room layout
Once you’ve figured out your needs, draw everything out. Find the dimensions of the living room, furniture, and gym equipment, and note where electrical outlets are located—you might need them for gym equipment. Then create a floor plan to see how much space you actually have, and come up with a number of layouts to help you choose the best one.
When thinking about how to work out at home and choosing a layout, consider your needs. If you watch TV every time you use the treadmill, make sure you can see the TV screen from the treadmill. If you can’t finagle it, find an alternative, such as using a tablet to stream video.
Get pumped up and wind down
You want your living room to still feel like a living room, but it should also easily make the transition to a home gym. Look for ways to incorporate natural lighting and décor like inspirational wall art that can help you stay motivated but also relax when your workout is over.
Choose a colour scheme that matches how you want to feel when you’re in the room. For yogis, splash a coat of blue or green paint on the wall. If you’re using high-intensity workout videos, orange can help you get excited and amped up.
Mirrors also can make you feel like you’re in a real gym (and help you watch your form), while making the room feel bigger.
Consider function and fashion
Sure, your coffee table might look great, but if it doesn’t have any storage you might have to kiss it goodbye. When you’re trying to figure out how to work out at home in your living room, every centimetre counts.
Look for furniture that has both style and utility. Ottomans with storage can provide extra seating and a place to keep your yoga blocks or resistance bands. Maybe there are shelves under your TV stand where you can put gym gear. No cabinet doors on those shelves? Pop in a curtain rod and fabric to keep your gear hidden.
If you have to move furniture to make room for workouts, look for lightweight furniture, furniture sliders, or furniture with wheels.
If you already know how to work out at home but want more equipment, find creative ways to turn gym equipment into furniture. For example, try a DIY project to turn exercise balls into furniture with patterned fabric. The kids will love it—and so will your core.
Now that you know how to work out at home in your living room/home gym, what are you waiting for?