When it comes to home design and improvement, we’re always trying to optimize our living spaces. If you’re like me, you like to try to stay relatively active and fit. Unfortunately, time is hard to come by for many of us, so we have to try to figure out how to stay in shape regardless. And that’s why I’d like to talk about designing a home gym area, and why it might be a good idea.
Jane McCafferty, one of my favorite fitness bloggers, is a really big fan of using recumbent exercise bikes. She goes over in detail here why they’re so good for you. That’s one option. Another option could be a simple treadmill, though those can get quite expensive. Whichever route you choose, make sure you have the appropriate space in your home.
Personally, we use the basement of our home for our bike. We have enough space down there, and the bike fits in really well. I will slide it out in front of the TV when I’m doing my exercises, so I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. To be honest, I don’t love to exercise. I dread it, really. But if I can ride my bike while watching my shows, it’s not too bad. Just make sure you’re actually exerting energy, and not just going through the motions.
There are two other areas where you can consider putting your bike. One is in the bedroom. Now, this does cramp the home design style that we strive for here, no doubt about it. It’s kind of ugly. But when you think about it, it’s not very often that you are hosting people in your bedroom, so it really shouldn’t be an issue.
Another idea is in your garage. Most people don’t care what their garage looks like, so this should work. And depending on the size, you should have the necessary space. The downside with the garage idea is that if it’s a detached unit, you may not be as motivated to go out there during the winter when it’s cold.
Whichever room in your home you choose, just make sure the space is there. That’s #1. Once you’re all set up and running, you’ll be glad you decided to make room in your home for your health.