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Tags:   Fitness,   Workout,   Health

By The Swag Team   -  January 26, 2015

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Do you feel that driving - or walking - to and from your gym is too much of a chore on top of the hard exercise? It doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato... building your own gym at home isn't as hard as you might think.

A good number of people at one time or another in their lives decide to embark on some kind of exercise programme. Quite often they don’t want to enroll in a gym for various reasons, either because they are pressed for time or maybe they find the idea of exercising in front of strangers intimidating. So they opt for exercising at home, raiding their local fitness store for the latest fitness gizmo. They will, with the best of intentions, buy a piece or two of equipment based on the recommendation of a friend or family member who swears by their choice.


In some cases, they have no idea what they want and just go off without a clue, only to end up buying something based on appearance or a salesperson’s pitch of the item. Although having a piece of exercise equipment in your living room might seem the best motivation, if the equipment you buy doesn’t suit your needs, it will probably end up being just another bit of furniture for you to dust.


We all know someone who has some kind of exercise device or another that in terms of use is brand new, but they’ve had the thing for years. When they bought the thing they were probably full of enthusiasm, imagining themselves as the next fitness freaks, and probably this was their intention. So what happens?


When setting up your own mini-gym, there are some basic pointers you should consider before buying the first piece of shiny metal you come across at the store.


First of all, are you really committed to exercising on a regular basis? This is probably the single biggest factor. If you are not, forget it! No matter how sophisticated or attractive a piece of equipment is, it can’t make you exercise unless you really want to.


The second thing is what type of exercise do you want to do? If you are looking to build muscle, buying a stationary bike will be of little value just as if you are looking to build your aerobic capacity, a weight bench and weights will not be the best choice.


Next is your budget. How much are you willing or can you pay for your equipment? You do get better equipment when you spend more money, but by shopping around for the best deals you can still find the best equipment you can within your budget.


A hugely important factor that is often overlooked is: in which part of your home will the equipment go? Do you have enough room for it? How can you benefit from your equipment if there is no space to manoeuvre around after it is set up?


Once your mini home gym is finally set up, a good idea for you to make regular use of it is to make yourself accountable to your family, perhaps by making them ask you if you did your routine that day. Another good idea is to keep an exercise diary and monitor your progress as you get stronger and fitter.


Boredom is one of the disadvantages of working out at home. Try to avoid this by listening to motivational music, or watching your favourite television programme while you exercise. That way you’ll be so engrossed that you won’t notice the time and the effort you’re making.


If you really are going to take the plunge and invest in some home equipment, taking note of the tips abovewill help you make the right choice in selecting equipment that will benefit you for years to come.


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