Years ago, I use to go to the gym all of the time, justifying the amount I was paying each month for my gym membership by making full use of all the things the facility had to offer. Then the pandemic hit and going to the gym was no longer an option. While trying to find creative ways to get my exercise in, I came across a number of ideas to create a home gym that can be just as effective as a gym membership. Today, I no longer pay a monthly cost for a gym membership because I have everything I need around my home. If you’d like to create a home gym of your own, here’s some ideas to get you going.
How To Find Inexpensive Exercise Equipment
One of the first things I did when creating my home gym was start looking for inexpensive exercise equipment. Searching online, I quickly found a great jump rope, a sturdy hula hoop that came in sections to be put together, and a durable stair-stepper that I could use in my living room. As the world reopened, I found inexpensive weights, an exercise ball, and a yoga mat at a neighborhood retailer. Without little expense, I had started to create a home gym that I could use forever.
If you are looking for more equipment for your home gym, you may be able to find some great deals at resale stores and neighborhood garage sales. There are even resale stores specifically geared towards gently used exercise and sports equipment. The only issue with this strategy is you never know what you’ll find so you’ll have to keep your options open. If you are looking for something specific, you might have better luck looking for gently used or refurbished items on online marketplaces like Amazon.com, eBay, or Craigslist.
How To Make Use Of Your Neighborhood
When you create a home gym, don’t forget that your neighborhood is part of your home and can offer many opportunities to exercise. I am fortunate to live in a walkable neighborhood with ample sidewalks and quiet streets for bike riding. I also have a number of parks located within walking distance and these parks offer walking trails, basketball courts, and running tracks for public use. When I need a little extra incentive to get out and about, there is a nice little ice cream shop located a fair distance away where I can get a small treat before walking back. Your neighborhood can also offer opportunities to exercise, so look around and see what is available in your area.
How To Find Great Fitness Classes
If you subscribe to a streaming service or cable television, it is likely that you have a number of exercise classes at your fingertips. For example, Netflix has a variety of exercise programs available for streaming, letting you exercise at a convenient time at your own pace. If these options are unavailable to you, you may be able to check out fitness dvds from your local library or buy them cheap at a local retailer. There are many options for exercising at home once you know where to look for them.
Do you have any ideas that would be good for those who want to create a home gym? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Toi Williams began her writing career in 2003 as a copywriter and editor and has authored hundreds of articles on numerous topics for a wide variety of companies. During her professional experience in the fields of Finance, Real Estate, and Law, she has obtained a broad understanding of these industries and brings this knowledge to her work as a writer.