A Guide To Converting Your Garage Into A Home Gym

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Last year, fitness moved from gyms to living rooms as the at-home workout became the exercise of choice for millions of people around the world. Sales of fitness equipment shot up to 55 percent, and even downloads of exercise apps are on the rise as individuals have started taking yoga, Zumba, and other fitness classes at home. Having a dedicated space for working out can help you stay on top of your fitness goals, and it enables you to save money on hefty gym costs. If you're thinking about having a personal gym in your home, an underutilized garage can be the perfect place to convert into a home gym. Here's how to do it.

Insulate the garage

Having a lack of funds or time, and bad weather are just some of the reasons why people skip their workouts. Since fitness is essential for physical and mental health, it's important to make exercise a habit for the sake of your wellbeing. One of the ways to make it a priority is to buy home gym equipment and start working out regularly at home. But before shopping for weights and resistance bands, the first thing that you've got to do is to prep your garage to make it suitable for exercising all year round.

Insulating your garage can reduce noise coming from the outside, and it helps to cut down on energy costs. It also regulates the temperature of your space so you can workout comfortably any time of the year. You can have a professional do this for you, but you can also insulate your garage by using foam, fiberglass, or reflective cardboard on the walls and garage door. 

Install new flooring

Working out on a concrete floor can lead to injuries from slips and falls, and the lack of impact shock absorption can cause knee or chronic joint pain. It's also not ideal for your gym equipment, since your floor can damage it, especially if you drop a weight or a barbell. The right home gym floor can enhance your workouts by increasing stability and reducing body impact, so after you're done insulating your garage, consider installing new flooring in your workout space. Rubber flooring is easy to install and maintain, and it's durable and soundproof too. For a cheap and easy-to-install option, lay down foam tiles on your concrete floor. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, and it's easy to replace a tile should it get damaged over time. 

Equip your home gym

Once you've prepped your garage, it's time to equip your home gym. Start by having the basic equipment. You'll need to have a cardio machine, such as a treadmill or a stationary bike. You'll also need equipment for weight and resistance training, such as dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands. Add a medicine ball and a jump rope, and you've got everything that you need for a good home workout session.

Exercise should be fun, so make it an enjoyable experience by placing a speaker in your garage so you can play some tunes while you work out. You may also want to have a water dispenser in your home gym so you can hydrate without having to go inside your home. Installing a big mirror on one wall can also help you check your form while you're lifting weights or doing other types of exercises. 

Having a home gym can help you to make exercise a priority. Consider these tips to turn your garage into your personal gym, and enjoy the benefits of having a dedicated place to do daily workouts. 

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