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Creating a Low-Cost Home Gym

​​​​​​​Many people aren’t active because they don’t have enough time. If this is a problem for you, try creating a low-cost gym at home.

With a little planning, you can create a place to have a basic workout that you can use anytime. With a home-based fitness space, you can plan your days to include being active. Although many people go to fitness clubs to work out, this doesn’t work for everyone. This may be because:

  • some people get self-conscious or uncomfortable if they think others are watching them exercise—when you work out at home, you can do your own thing, at your own pace
  • gym or fitness clubs are expensive—a home gym usually costs a lot less

Home Gym Tips

  • Before you create your gym, make fitness goals and think about your workout habits and any fitness equipment you have. Next, decide how much space you have and what type of equipment you want to use.
  • You may not need a lot of space if you’re just planning to do exercises or use an exercise mat. However, if you want to install special equipment, you’ll need to make sure it will fit in the space and that the area will be safe to use.
  • Choose a place with good airflow and lots of room to move around (e.g., basement, spare room, living room, garage).
  • For large fitness equipment like a treadmill, only buy one item at a time. This will give you time to get used to using the new equipment. You can slowly build up your supply of equipment.
  • If you’re creating a home gym or workout space for others to use, think about their fitness goals and what activities they want or like to do.
  • Choose activities or routines that you enjoy and change things up from time to time. Having fun will help keep you motivated.
  • Talk to a certified exercise professional for information about equipment and fitness activities.

Another way to be active around your home is to go outside. Explore opportunities to be active in your yard or neighbourhood.

Using a home gym regularly can help improve your strength, heart health, and there are many other health benefits.

Current as of: October 24, 2018

Author: Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services