One of the more common New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and those who are prepared to follow through on their resolutions prior to the start of January are more likely to be successful. If you’re someone who is looking to workout more in the new year, the following are tips on how to get your fitness equipment in order so you can begin your workouts in a comfortable, organized space.
Designate an area for fitness. Bedrooms, living rooms, basements, and even garages can be used for a home gym. You should ensure that there is enough space to safely do your workouts and store your fitness gear in the space you choose. There also should be adequate lighting. Natural sunlight from windows is ideal, but if you’re doing your workouts in the early mornings or late nights in a room that faces a busy street, you may wish to install some heavy curtains.
Safety is important. If you have children or pets, consider keeping doors closed or install barriers (baby gates) around fitness equipment. Even a small dumbbell can break a little toe or paw if it were to fall over. Machinery such as treadmills and rowers can pinch small fingers and catch tails. You may need to unplug fitness machines after use to ensure they cannot be accidentally started.
Multi-tasking fitness equipment. A treadmill laptop desk is ideal if you wish to work, read, or watch videos during your workouts. A stability ball can make a good substitute for an office chair but it does have a tendency to roll away. Keep the chair in its place using a stability ball stacker when you’re not using it. Use your regular bicycle indoors as a stationary bicycle by using a bicycle stand. To save space, the bicycle stand folds up and can slide under a sofa or bed when not in use.
Organizing fitness equipment. Six or eight sets of regular dumbbells take up considerable space, but you can get 12 to 16 sets of dumbbell weights in one set of adjustable dumbbells. Consider using adjustable dumbbells such as those by Powerblock or Bowflex for your home gym, if space is a concern. Smaller dumbbells can be mounted on a wall rack (pictured above), which could be hidden behind a curtain or hanging tapestry.
Consider wall mounted or over-the-door hooks to hang jump ropes and resistance bands. GearPockets can be used to hold ankle/wrist weights, handgrips, weight clamps, and other miscellaneous fitness equipment.
For those who prefer to workout at a gym, having your “go-bag” prepared and stored in a convenient location will make it easier to get to your fitness class on time.