Working out first thing in the morning sounds great, but most of us aren’t jumping out of bed to jump onto the treadmill.
One thing I tell my clients is, if you can do your workout first, before the day gets going and there are a million other things to get in the way, then at least you will be sure to get it DONE.
When I am preparing for fitness competitions, I always add a daily morning cardio session to be sure I get in the necessary amount of training.
What I’ve found is, I actually like working up a sweat before work, and it allows me to focus more on lifting in the afternoon since I don’t have to worry about squeezing cardio in.
So when I started my new workout plan, I designed it to incorporate four short morning workouts during the week.
I’ve found if I get out of bed, throw my clothes on and do a short (20-30 minutes) workout, it kick starts my day and saves me time later.
The only problem is, my basement workout area is dimly light, sterile, and not very motivating or inviting.
So I set out on a weekend project to spruce it up. With only $100 bucks (I already had the treadmill and equipment) and some elbow grease, I was able to totally transform the space!
Here are my tips to help you create a warm, inviting and motivating home gym:
Start with the space. Clear out an extra bedroom, area of the basement or even your garage. It should be big enough for you to move around but doesn’t have to be large.
Next you’ll need some equipment. If it’s in the budget, look for used treadmills, stationary bikes or ellipticals on craigslist or online. You may be able to get something in good shape for a few hundred bucks.
If you’re working with less cash or don’t have the space, all you need is a stability ball, resistance bands, a medicine ball, a mat and maybe a TV and DVD player for exercise videos.
A mirror is a nice touch if you can afford one (they are expensive.) Try wholesale stores or look around online. It is a worthwhile investment to be able to see yourself and be sure you are using proper form.
Finally, invest in some decorative touches that will make the space feel inviting and pleasant. Depending on your taste, this could be wall art with a motivational quote, pictures of fitness models, a plant and some warm lighting, etc.
The key is to personalize the space in a way that will make you want to spend time there and make your workouts more enjoyable.