It’s no surprise that people across the globe, not just in Canada, are now, more than ever conscious about their health and well being. Ipsos reported that 33% of Canadians said that ‘improving personal fitness and nutrition’ was the ‘top new year’s resolution’.
However, not everyone can make it to the gym and for those affected by the bitterly cold winters our country has, leaving the house can leave a bit of dread on many people’s minds. This is why having a home gym is the perfect idea to kick-start a fitness regime no matter the time of year.
Here are some of the best ways to design a kickass at-home gym which will not only have you feeling great about yourself, it’ll see you saving money in the long term. After all, looking after your physical well-being is said to be a great confidence booster.
No matter your shape or size, the importance of lifting weights has become far more apparent over the last few years. It’s a great fat burner and when it’s teamed with the right cardio routine, it can lead to a much healthier and happy lifestyle. Weights are available in multiple sizes and are often pretty cheap. YouTube is littered with exercises to keep your routine varied and fun. Be sure to corner off an area for your free weight lifting. Line the area with mats and double it up as a dedicated abs section too.
No home gym is complete without a squat rack. Designed to build quads and glutes of steel, you’ll be the envy of all your friends. The great thing about having your own squat rack in your home too is there’ll be no annoying queues.
A treadmill is an essential part of any home gym. Many health professionals comment on how just 30 minutes a day of walking can be beneficial to your health. In winter, that’s probably not going to happen so what better way to make up your 10,000 steps than on a treadmill. As your fitness increases it can also be used for some HIIT training such as sprints.
Mixing up your cardio routine is essential and you can do just that with a rowing machine. It’s low impact and can burn up to it’ll also ensure you’re in top physical shape for any summer canoeing or kayaking trips with friends and family. Surprisingly too, some of the best rowing machines aren’t even that expensive and you can pick them up for as little as a few hundred bucks.
To get the rest of your resistance training needs in your home a multigym is the way to go. They usually come with a variety of pulleys with detachable handles to train all parts of your body. Not to mention it’s a great space saver, especially if the gym is going to be installed in a small spare bedroom or a basement.
Finally, you need to make sure your gym looks good. Having wall mirrors installed is Inexpensive and will help you with posture in your workouts. Need a distraction? Get yourself a good sound system or even a TV for when you’re feeling a little less motivated. If you live in one of the many picturesque towns of Canada and your gym is above ground, some floor to ceiling windows or bi-fold doors can also provide the ideal setting for your workouts.
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