Joining a gym is a great way to get fit, but it isn’t always the most convenient option. Memberships cost money, gyms are crowded and sometimes the drive just doesn’t feel worth it. Fortunately, there’s an easier way to exercise.
If you have the room and can handle a few DIY projects, a home gym might be the ideal solution. You can accomplish a range of exercises using only a few pieces of equipment, as long as you select the right equipment.
With that in mind, here are six suggestions that’ll help turn your apartment into a home gym.
1. Mount a Pull-Up Bar
Simple and effective, pull-ups are an excellent core, back and arm workout. With a variety of bars available on the market, all you need is a door frame and a little motivation. You can always add reps so the workout won’t get old, and for extra variety, get a bar with multiple grips.
2. Roll Out a Yoga Mat
Yoga has quickly gained traction as a popular health movement in the United States. The strength, flexibility and cardio benefits of yoga are well-documented, and you only need a good youtube video or app to practice at home. Just get a mat and practice on your own schedule.
3. Repurpose the Stairs
One-story buildings are disqualified, but running stairs is a popular sprint workout that burns fat and builds strong quads, hamstrings and calves. If your building has platforms between floors, try adding a set of pushups, jumping jacks or sprawls between levels to really turn up the heat.
4. Use Your Bodyweight
The same mat you’re using for yoga is a great tool for bodyweight workouts at home. Try push-ups, plank variations, lunges, jumping jacks and variations on those exercises. You might be surprised at what a good workout you can get just using your own bodyweight as resistance.
5. Get a Cardio Machine
If it’s difficult to find time, you can build a home gym by bringing in your own machines. Don’t be frightened by the high cost of new equipment. You’ll often find used machines on Craigslist, OfferUp and other online forums. A used treadmill or stationary bike will ensure you get that workout you would’ve otherwise put off.
6. Organize a Schedule
Commitment is a big part of getting fit, and it’s one of the hardest parts of sustaining a routine. It’s all too easy to skip a day, and then another, and then another. Don’t let that happen! Have a calendar in your place that includes your regimen and hold yourself accountable.
The Path Forward
Ultimately, getting fit is up to you and not your gym. You can do it anywhere, and your apartment is as good a place as any. We hope you’ll find one or more of these suggestions helpful in your path toward a healthier body.