You know how they say getting to the gym is half the battle? Well, if the gym is in your house, that should really help you in the battle against the bulge, right? Eh, maybe in theory. But having a few dumbbells and a stationary bike crammed in a corner might not be enough to help your cause to stay fit.
Sure. At first, it’s great. You can work out in your pajamas! You can make all the faces and grunts that you were too embarrassed to make at the gym. Nobody is there to judge what you are watching on the television. You get to go into your own shower, with all your own shampoos and lotions. To top it all off, you’re saving some major bucks by quitting the gym. Everything is just awesome!
Fast forward two months. Even though that bike/treadmill/rower/step machine was in your regular gym rotation, it somehow seems a total bore now. One day, you decide to sleep in a little, leaving only 20 minutes for workout time. You start your already-truncated routine, then you decide you’d really like some coffee and go into the kitchen to put on the pot. You hop back on the machine. Then for some inexplicable reason, you decide you have to check Instagram... and Twitter, and Facebook, and all of a sudden, time's up and you’ve worked out for a total of five minutes. That’s still better than what happens two months later, when you have to spend five minutes dusting off your equipment before you use it.
Treat your home gym with respect! Give it as much consideration as you would with any other room and make sure it is the beautiful, inspiring place that you want to be in. Add greenery. Keep it tidy. Make sure there are a few different activities to choose from. Add a word of wisdom or two. Here are a few ideas to start with.
Belchertown Full Length Mirror
How are you supposed to check out how wonderful you look without a mirror? Mirrors are also a great way to add depth and light to a room.
Avo-cardio Art Print
If any gym I’ve ever been to had this cute of a workout chart, I would have paid attention to them more.
Chalk Quotes Wall Mural
Why settle for one motivational quote when you can have them all?
Nature's Glory-Biophilic Framed Art
Bring some life into the room with some moss. Well, kind of. Moss walls are actually neither alive or dead. They are preserved while dormant so you don’t have to water or do anything to them besides a periodic dusting.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
It may be where you work out, but you don't want the place to smell like it. Enter the scent diffuser! Bonus: It can really help you get in the exercise mood, too. The best scents for your home gym? Peppermint and lemon are the most energizing, while eucalyptus and marjoram can be quite soothing when you're in more of a stretching/yoga mode.
Gaiam Subtle Spirit
This quick-drying microfiber towel is perfect for yoga, but also works well as a general sweat-wicker.
Thetford Free Standing Entryway Metal Coat Rack with Wood Shelves
Oh, do you need somewhere to keep that towel? How about where you also keep your dumbbells, yoga mat, stability ball, magazines, and any other home-gym must-haves? Keeping things neat will keep you motivated!
Ambesonne Fitness Bath Mat
A reminder to lighten up after a hard workout.
Eco-Sport Coal Interlocking Rubber Tiles
I like that these workout tiles do not look like they belong on an outdoor jungle gym. Because they are tiles, you can make your mat area as small or big as you want.
MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulb
If your home gym is in the darkest confines of your home (as they usually are unless you live in a mansion), you’ll want to simulate the light that motivates you most. With this lightbulb, that lighting can be sunrise, sunset, or in da club, club, club.
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