An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all know this old adage. But even the best nutritionist will tell you that any diet must be coupled with some physical activity. You probably try to eat as healthy as possible already. You check products’ ingredients, you count your calories, the sugar, the food allergens. You might even care if your food is organic or kosher. But what’s the point in following a strict diet if you don’t exercise? The American Heart Association recommends 2.
5 hours (150 min.) of heart-pumping physical activity per week and weight-lifting at least 2 days a week. So what better way to amplify the results you get from your weight loss diet than with these DIY home gym ideas?
Let me guess. “To lose weight” was among your top ten New Year resolutions! According to Statista, 71% of Americans want to change their diet or eat healthier, 65% want to exercise more, and 54% want to get back in shape and lose a few pounds.
If you’re reading this article you probably have a hard time maintaining your weight and achieving your goal. Read on to see how building a home gym can help! Both women and men are concerned about their body weight. If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more, you must do something about it!
A report released by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, almost 40% of American adults are obese, the highest incidence ever recorded.
Hispanic and non-Hispanic blacks seem to be more prone to obesity with rates as high as 47%, while almost 38% of non-Hispanic whites have to deal with obesity. Among the member countries of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States has the highest obesity rate. Unfortunately, the United States stay on top for child obesity too.
Obesity rates are slightly higher among boys than girls. In 2018, 27% of adults ages 6+ have been inactive, but almost 36% said they engaged in high-calorie activities at least three times per week for 20 minutes. You will find it strange, but the United States, with its 38,477 gyms, has the highest number of health clubs and gyms in the world and the highest obesity rate at the same time. Building a home gym is a huge step toward improving your overall health. But you won’t get fit by building it. You’ll have to use it! Start with a treadmill or a stationary bicycle, some dumbbells. You don’t have to spend a fortune on it! But you have to start somewhere. When you start your weight-loss plans, you feel so motivated and want to go all the way in. So, you’ll be tempted to buy everything and pay top-dollar for new products. But read till the end! A home gym is something you can build yourself from scratch over time, so no need to hurry!
Commercial gyms were first created for people like you, who are not in their best shape ever. In reality, when you go to the gym, you are intimidated by some very fit and strong bodies and they look at you as if you’re ruining their work-out. You’ll work on the exact device they want to use. You’ll feel like someone is breathing down your neck all the time. Soon, you start to feel extra or less motivated, and find yourself paying for a membership that you no longer use! You are not the only one who doesn’t feel comfortable in your own body or who is ashamed to show off.
So do yourself a favor and build a home gym! There you will be able to exercise shirtless without being distracted or intimated by others. There’s good news for people with disabilities too! With a home gym, they can enjoy more freedom and exercise whenever they want! Living with a disability doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of your body or that you shouldn’t be good-looking! Quite on the contrary! Individuals with special needs need more physical activity to improve strength, muscle endurance and flexibility as well as boosting confidence and the overall sense of well-being.
As home prices inside most cities continue to rise, people find ways to buy a house in the surrounding suburbs. Here, they might get more living space for the same money they would have paid for a property closer to the city center. But they also get farther from shopping centers and gyms. If your house has a garage or a basement, you’re really lucky! You can turn those into a home gym! You’ll save a lot of time because you no longer drive to and from the gym and you get more fuel to burn for more important problems. Then, you’ll save money because the gym will be used by more persons probably, so no more money wasted on memberships or subscriptions. Weather is also a problem. On good weather, you have no excuse not to go to the gym. But it’s the bad weather that will lock you inside. Rains, snow, freezing temperatures, tornados, hurricanes or other acts of God are an excuse for inactivity. So, with a home gym inside, you’ll feel bad for letting yourself become a couch potato.
When building a home gym yourself, make sure you purchase a good sound system for your favorite music. The music you play makes that place even more personal. One day you may want to work out on some cheerful upbeat music, the other day you want to be lazier and listen to some slow love songs. Nobody chooses the music for you! You’ll be fully in charge of the atmosphere. If you’re the kind of person who can’t pretend to be happy or energized or your moods are greatly influenced by the music that comes out of the heafphones then a home gym will make you feel more… at home! In your home gym, you will also be spared of all the shouts and grunts of those who push their limits. This is a tricky one! Not pushing your limits will not get you the results you expect, so refraining for making weird sounds when lifting won’t get you the muscle mass you’ve been craving for. In your own gym, feel free to put a few more pounds on the barbell and scream your head off. As you will see, you don’t need too many things to get started.
A home gym DIY project can be done for as little as the cost of a 1-year membership for two persons. If possible, don’t buy anything new! Search for used items at flea markets or online, on Craigslist or E-bay. People often get rid of fitness equipment when they move instead of paying top dollars to the moving company to move them, so they might sell them. Their loss is your gain! Here is what to look for: Home gym equipment for a condo Condominiums are not quite what you have in mind when you imagine a home gym.
I know it sounds weird, but there are some options that don’t take up too much space. Buy a stationary bicycle, an abs bench or other types of fitness benches – most of them are collapsible and can be stored. (However, make sure you don’t forget where you put them!) A set of spinlock dumbbells will suffice. Make sure you don’t drop your weights! Your neighbors will hate that noise and will complain about it for sure. Use an exercise mat or foam tiles that come as puzzle pieces which are easy to connect and to remove at the end of your workout. With so many trainers sharing exercises you can do at home, you’ll save a lot of money! A home gym doesn’t mean that you can’t hire a personal trainer. This idea even makes a lot more sense in this context, because the trainer will focus on you all the time instead of chatting with other colleagues for half of the time you pay him/her.
If you have space and can afford it, purchase a piece of compact gym equipment, like an all-in-one gym stand with multiple functions. However, barbells and dumbbells are the best bet. Talk to your landlord or to the property manager before installing any gym equipment, especially if weights are involved. They might be afraid of floor damage, so explain to them that you will not be dropping the weights from the ceiling and you will use silencer pads anyway. Last but not least, you can install a pull-up bar at a doorway. It is a very versatile piece of equipment! Of course, there is also the option of buying a condo in a building that provided access to a gym. Check if the membership is included in the homeowners association fees. If it is, then it doesn’t make sense to invest in home gym equipment.
If you’re living in a single family house or in a bigger property, building a home gym might not be the first home improvement you want to make. If you’re blessed with boys, wait till they become teenagers! Then they will find a way to do it! They will take over the garage or the basement to your despair. They will need more time and money to finish a basement and turn it into a home gym. Help them to save money and complete their project step by step and don’t just hand them your credit card over! Turn this home gym DIY project into a life lesson!
A garage requires less work but will leave your car in front of the house on a paved driveway or on the street. Check your local parking regulations before turning your garage into a home gym. Make sure it doesn’t incur an additional cost. Here is the main home gym equipment you should buy:
The United States has the highest number of fitness centers in the world, so building a home gym might sound crazy. However, you know your needs best. I would go as far as to say that a home gym is a marketing investment. It might not turn you into Miss World overnight but will change your mood and your self-esteem. And this is so important in our daily lives. Building a home gym will definitely have an impact on your personality, on your personal branding!
And I don’t want to disappoint you but better-looking people tend to be wealthier, too. According to Psychology Today, “more attractive people are generally wealthier than less attractive people.” And to add more insult to the injury, Daniel Hamermesh, a University of Texas at Austin labor economist found that a handsome man will make 13 percent more money during his career than an average looking man.