Make your home your gym

Make your home your gym

Research shows that proximity to your gym or exercise venue is an important factor in how often you go - so what could be better than a home workout?

No bad weather, limited opening hours or overcrowded facilities to put you off. It’s perfectly possible to create a balanced exercise regime at home, including cardiovascular exercise for heart health, and functional training to improve strength, mobility, flexibility
and balance.

If you are short on space, your ‘home gym’ could simply be a cupboard containing compact yet versatile pieces of equipment (think Swiss balls suspension training, exercise mats, kettlebells, skipping ropes, steps and resistance bands), which you can combine into a circuit of different moves and put out of sight when you’re finished. If you need some inspiration or guidance on what to do, get a qualified personal trainer to show you the ropes.

If you’re thinking of investing in larger cardio equipment, such as a treadmill or exercise bike, think carefully about where it will go. Make sure the space is bright and well ventilated so you’ll feel positive about using it. Don’t crowd the room with too much equipment (check your dimension before shopping) and look out for space-saving features, such as treadmills that fold away against
the wall.

Always try before you buy, and opt for activities you enjoy rather than the ones you think are ‘best’ - any type of exercise has to be done consistently and regularly to be of benefit.