Have you ever made a commitment to work out more frequently, but failed to do so? Was one of your issues finding the time to exercise? You’re not alone — the No. 1 excuse for not exercising is lack of time. Even if you manage to fit the gym into a crowded schedule, the COVID-19 pandemic closed gyms across the country and restrictions may prevent you from returning. Or perhaps you simply don’t feel as safe as you’d like. Fortunately, there is an option you may not have considered: turning your garage — or part of it — into a gym.
Intrigued? Take a look at your garage and the space available. If you live in a temperate or warm climate, you may not even use your garage that often. If you live in a colder area of the country, you might want to designate part of the garage as your gym — keeping the remaining space to shelter your vehicles from the weather.
Before planning your at-home fitness facility, consider the following questions:
- What’s your budget? Think about how much you can afford to spend before starting the project; the current condition of the garage; whether you’ll need to install new ventilation, heating, air conditioning or lighting; and what types of equipment you have versus what you’ll need to buy.
- How much space can be devoted to your gym? That depends on the size of your garage, the type of climate in which you live, and how many vehicles you want to park in your garage.
- What other purposes does your garage serve? You probably store a fair number of belongings in your garage — lawn implements, tools, holiday decorations and furniture, for example. Consider how you can maximize garage storage — such as with sturdy, strong, anti-shake overhead storage racks that can hold gym equipment and other items.
- What types of equipment will your garage gym include? Will you have cardiovascular equipment such as a treadmill, an elliptical machine or a stationary bike? What about weight equipment? Will you have a weight bench, a Smith machine for squats, or a variable-resistance cable machine? Keep your budget in mind here, as well. Free weights and yoga mats are relatively inexpensive, but other pieces of equipment can run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars.
The accompanying infographic, courtesy of Good Garage, is a great starting point to help you convert a garage into a gym. Once you’ve done so, you’ll find that keeping up with your workout routine can be easier than ever!