Winter exercise isn’t always comfortable — or motivating. Cold temperatures, sleet, and snow are usually reasons to stay indoors, not venture outside for jogging around the block or brave roads to get to the gym. But being locked inside isn’t fun either, and burning off a little energy is good for the mind and soul. So how do you create a dedicated exercise space at home? We reached out to our Facilities Design Manager, Hilleary Steckler, for tips and tricks on how to create an at-home gym experience.
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Decide if you want your space to be in a private room (away from spouses, children, and pets) or in an open area so you can invite your family to join you. Then decide if you want the space to be indoors or outdoors. For those of us who don’t live in endless summer towns (we’re looking at you, Arizona), a backyard yoga retreat may not be possible year-round, so a location that’s covered (in the heat) might be best. Finally, consider the types of activities you will be doing. Do you like HIIT or dance classes that involve a lot of jumping and moving around? Consider using a basement or garage for your personal studio.
Use paint, mirrors, and decor to create an atmosphere that fits your workout style.
We love this garage-turned-gym. Wallpaper, rubber flooring, and curtains transform the entire space into a fun exercise room.
How many people will use this space at any one time? Do you need to store equipment? Will you do more than one activity? Do you need a port to power your TV, computer, tablet or stereo?
Find a space that allows you to move around freely without feeling cramped or closed off. Try moves such as burpees, shoulder extensions, shoulder presses and lunges to ensure there is enough space above and around you. Try to avoid clutter and increase space by storing equipment such as mats, laces, and weights in baskets, on shelves, or in cupboards. We also love hydration stations: Have a water bottle ready to go or pack a bar cart with water, clean towels, disinfectant wipes and a portable speaker. And don’t forget the blood circulation. Being able to open a window or make room for a fan is key.
Use towel racks to hang mats and hooks for jump ropes and resistance bands.
Tight panels are a great way to create additional storage space and get equipment off the floor.
set the mood.
Make sure this is your space Wants to reach. You should feel welcome and motivated. A little paint goes a long way: Use bright, vibrant colors for a high-energy space or a neutral color palette to create a calming atmosphere. If you don’t have access to natural light, hang string lights, add a floor lamp, or install a ceiling fan with lights. Mirrors also make a space appear larger (and a great tool for ensuring good looks). Decorate with plants, candles, motivational artwork, or a whiteboard calendar so you can schedule your workouts. And don’t forget the floors. You’ll need a softer base for activities like yoga and core chores – add a rug or work out in a carpeted room. If you prefer lifting weights or have a lot of equipment, consider installing rubber flooring or using a space with concrete or vinyl floors.
Dim lighting creates a decorative space for practicing yoga at home.
Make a statement using wallpaper. Plants and natural light bring in the outdoors.