how to turn your spare room into an exercise space

With Winter upon us, dark mornings and rain may put a damper - quite literally - on our usual outdoor exercise routines. 

Exercising indoors is the obvious solution - and if you don't want to commit to a gym membership, a more cost-effective solution could be to turn your spare room into an exercise space.

An innovative home design means that you'll have plenty of space in your new home, so why not turn one of your extra bedrooms into a home fitness centre so you can exercise year-round?

Get ready to stretch, jog or lift weights

The first step is to consider what type of exercises you are most likely to do from home. If you are a yoga or pilates enthusiast, this could be as easy as making sure you have somewhere to unroll your mat in peace.

If you prefer exercising with the guidance of DVDs (or even videos on YouTube), you will also need to include screen space.

Multi-purpose exercisers may also benefit from the addition of a treadmill, stationary bicycle or rowing machine, or free weights for strength training.

It all depends on how you like to work out, as well as how much money you plan to invest in your home gym. Weighed up against the cost of a yearly gym membership, a quality piece of exercise equipment can be an investment that pays off in the long-term.

Create a functional space

Your new home building plans might include large windows for natural light, or you can instead focus on adding practical decorative touches to an existing space. Mirrors can help you check your form, while storage solutions can give you a place to stash your shoes or show off your fitness DVD collection.

You will also want to give careful consideration to the design features and decorative touches in your exercise room, as these can affect your motivation and your results.

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