As the seasons change and the mornings and evenings become cooler, we tend to rush back home longing for the warm comfort of our homes. It is often at this time that attendance at fitness centres and gyms starts to dwindle. We fool ourselves that the consequences of a missed workout session here and there will be well hidden under the layers of winter clothing and that it’s something we can address some other time.
Shutter louvres and blind slats can be angled to provide privacy but still allow airflow into the gym.
However, there is a far better solution, one that will keep you warm and looking ‘hot’.
The home gym is growing in popularity, not only because of the convenience but also because of the financial sense it makes; what you save on gym memberships can be invested in your home. Here’s how…
1. Making space
Gym equipment tends to be bulky and cumbersome to haul out and pack away before and after each workout session. So, the first step is to make space for it, either by re purposing a room or shuffling a few furnishings around perhaps in a cluttered garage, spare bedroom, some space in a study or a corner of an enclosed patio.
Once you’ve determined what space is available to you, you can then allocate your gym equipment. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t have enough room for your all-in-one apparatus, there are many other workout options that will do just as well.
Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of American Shutters, says more and more homeowners and interior designers are looking for practical space-management solutions. She says one practical solution involves using shutters to subdivide a room to allow for multiple purposes.
Internal shutters are ideal when it comes to subdividing as this allows you to create space to accommodate your home gym. For instance, you could split a large living room into a TV lounge and a gym or a garage into a workshop and workout space.
Homeowners should put up wallpaper, vinyl stickers or posters with motivational quotes and images or connect a flat screen TV to the wall so they can watch their favourite programmes or instructional DVDs.
She says for this purpose, shutters can be configured as either by-pass or bi-fold. “By-pass shutters can be designed as single or double panels that slide away and stack up together, parallel to the opening at either one or both sides of the opening. Bi-fold shutters fold away and stack up to the right or left of the opening, perpendicular to the opening.”
2. Creating privacy
Whether we’d like to admit to it or not, walking into a public gym can make us feel self-conscious – thinking that every eye in the room is on us, critiquing our body shape or our outfit.
Home gyms afford us the ultimate privacy and if you install practical window coverings such as blinds or shutters, you can control that privacy 100 percent. Blinds and shutters are the ultimate home gym window finish – perfect for ventilation and light control, which are both important for creating the ideal environment to exercise in.
Palmer says shutter louvres and blind slats can be angled to provide privacy but still allow airflow into the gym.
3. Keeping things clean
Exercising is a sweaty and messy business, so ensure that you install practical, easy-to-clean surfaces, flooring and finishes. Wood laminate, treated concrete, rubber mats or tiles are the best floor options while blinds or shutters work well for windows. Be sure to choose the right products though, shutters and blinds that can withstand high humidity and moisture.
4. Have some fun
One possible negative about having a home gym is that you’re left to your own devices – no pressure from personal trainers, gym buddies or classmates to keep it up, motivate and inspire you. To ensure that your solo routines don’t become so-so routines amp up the fun and entertainment value in your gym.
Palmer says homeowners should put up wallpaper, vinyl stickers or posters with motivational quotes and images or connect a flat screen TV to the wall so they can watch their favourite programmes or instructional DVDs.
She says install a sound system to keep the workout up-beat and fun, use bold, positive colours and invite a friend to join you for one or two sessions per week.