Learn how to create a motivating home gym that will inspire you to crush your 2021 fitness goals.
After a stressful year (yes, we're talking to you 2020!), it's more important than ever to give your body the love and attention it deserves. Making time to work up a sweat every day can do wonders for your overall health, mood, and happiness. But without a dedicated space to exercise, this can feel like an impossible task.
Thankfully, there's a simple solution: Create a home gym! Now, you don't need a whole separate room to achieve this. A simple nook or corner of your living room will do just fine.
The main point is to create a space that inspires and motivates you to move your body every day. In this blog post, we're going to show you exactly how to build a home gym in 5 easy steps.
Let's get started.
How to Build a Home Gym in 5 Simple Steps
Step 1: Choose a space in your home that has minimal distractions.
Finding a clutter-free corner of your home that is more or less distraction-free will help you stay focused during your workouts. Whether it's a spare bedroom, the corner of your living room, or a small cozy nook, having a dedicated workout space will keep you on track when you aren't feeling motivated.
Start by clearing any clutter and make sure that you have enough space for a yoga mat and some fitness equipment. If possible, choose an area that gets lots of natural light, as this can have the additional benefit of boosting your mood.
Step 2: Find workout gear & fitness equipment that motivates you.
The next step is to stock up on functional fitness equipment and gear that inspires you. Don't worry, you don't need to spend lots of money to set up your home gym. All you'll need are the essential pieces to get you started.
Here are some fitness must-haves to keep on hand:
Depending on which workout style you prefer, you may need only a few things from the list above. Either way, be sure to organize your fitness equipment attractively in your workout space.
Step 3: Choose a workout plan or exercise that you enjoy.
With most gyms and in-person fitness classes closed for the foreseeable future, many people have turned to virtual fitness classes or at-home workout videos. There are tons of options to choose from, so take some time to figure out what type of workout you will stick to (and enjoy!).
One of our favourite virtual workout groups is the Namastay Sweaty Club, a weekly fitness program designed to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle sustainably.
You can learn more about the program here.
Step 4: Set realistic and measurable goals.
Creating a home gym is great, but if you don't set goals to keep track of your progress, you may fall off course. Setting clear and measurable goals will hold you accountable, making it easier for you to accomplish your fitness goals this year.
The most important thing to keep in mind when setting goals is to follow the S.M.A.R.T guidelines; this means that your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Additionally, be sure to write down your goals in a place where you'll see them often.
Step 5: Stock up on essential sports nutrition products and supplements.
Now that your home gym is all set up, there's only one step left: Stock up on essential sports nutrition products and supplements. Not only will this motivate you even more to pursue your goals, but it will also ensure that your body is getting the nourishment it needs to thrive.
While there are thousands of options to choose from, we consider a few essential products to be "must-haves". Here they are:
Though many people find these products to be the best workout supplements out there, it's a good idea to do your own research and find a suitable product for your needs. And as always, be sure to consult with your healthcare practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.
If you followed the steps in this post, you are all set up to crush your fitness goals in 2021! Always remember that when beginning a new habit, go easy on yourself. You may slip up a few times and make mistakes, but as long as you pick yourself up and keep pushing forward, you'll see progress in no time.
Lastly, we hope you found this post helpful and are as excited as we are about creating your new home gym. Don't forget to leave a comment below letting us know if you plan on making a home gym this year!