Let’s get physical
Having a home gym doesn’t have to be a luxury. It is one of the most requested rooms in new homes today. We all know the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle and by designing your own exercise space you have the ability to escape and feel good about yourself anytime of the day. Of course we are not here to give you advice on equipment or routines but there are a few areas that we can help you with.
Make a floor plan for your exercise room. Measure the room then sketch it out on quarter-inch grid paper where one square counts as a foot. Measure the equipment in the fully extended position and in all directions. Make paper templates for each piece and arrange them on your plan. You can also make an outline on the floor using masking tape. Allow three feet of walking space for traffic flow and two feet between each piece of equipment. If you are using a mat during your workout leave enough space and follow the same guidelines around the perimeter of the mat.
When choosing a color scheme for your home gym, keep in mind that this is not a place where you go to relax. Conversely, it is a place where you are going to (hopefully) spend a regular amount of time, so make sure you design it according to your taste. However, one thing that can help you get moving is color. Your fitness area shouldn’t be an afterthought or look sterile. Remember, this a room in which you may need to force yourself to spend time. This area should be stylish and comfortable, and adding a coat of paint on the walls is an easy way to accomplish that. The ceiling is your “fifth wall” and it’s a perfect spot to add color if you are a little hesitant on the walls.
Orange is a high energy and fun color will add pizzazz to you workouts
Blue keeps you cool when things heat up, any color of blue will help your gym from feeling to warm which may make your workout last longer.
Yellow works well in a room without windows, you will feel as if this happy hue has added some sunshine.
Vibrant colors will get you moving faster and keep your body in motion.
If you find bright colors a distraction, stick with neutral cream or grey, it will still be inviting and allow you to focus on your workout.
Rubber mats are the easiest and most economical solution to gym flooring. It is typically the solution for existing concrete, tile or hardwood flooring. It is flexible, easily movable and won’t damage your floors if you are looking for a temporary system. Interlocking tile is one of the most versatile home gym floorings. They come in a variety of colors so you can have some fun creating a pattern or adding a bit of color. It is easy to repair or replace and is most often the best solution when you are transforming a space in your garage. If you have serious space to cover you can opt for rolled rubber flooring that can be attached to a prepped sub floor. Commercial grade carpet is also a great economical solution, it is easy to maintain and it also is available in tiles of all colors and textures. Our favorite flooring is cork. It is shock absorbent and absorbs sound which makes it perfect if your workout room in on the upper level. It is also made of natural material so it doesn’t release fibers or harbor dust mites for anyone who needs to consider upper respiratory allergies.
The way we use our homes is changing. Many people are installing home gyms because of health concerns and they want to save money. A properly designed and attractive home gym increases the chances of you actually using it; just make sure it looks like a gym and keep it simple. Who knows — you may love the results of using it so much we will have to work on your closet next.
Karen Cummings & Pamela Blythe