Thursday, July 7, 2011

Home Gym Workout Spaces

Yesterday I mentioned creating an inspiring space to workout at home. I realize not everyone has the space or budget to do what most of these people have done, but we can draw some inspiration from their rooms. And I've included a few simple set-ups here.

Even if you have no extra space or exercise machines, you could create a small spot like the one above. Or a cute workout basket to set in the corner where it will serve as a motivator and reminder.  It could include:
  • a favorite aluminum water bottle
  • a soft hand towel for wiping off your face
  • a pack of gum or mints
  • a pedometer
  • a water spritzer bottle for cooling off
  • a yoga mat
  • a pair of 3 or 5 lb. hand weights or some exercise bands
  • a favorite workout DVD
  • a {chocolate} protein bar
  • some fitness magazines
Looking for a book to read on the exercise bike?  Try mine: It's No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know.
    Do you workout at home?  Any of these home gyms catch your eye?


  1. Wow, some interesting places. I use to have a treadmill in my second bedroom but I had to stop using it when I started getting dizzy headed. My husband used it also but we finally just gave it away.

  2. I'm loving these posts on exercise! I'll take any of the rooms that overlook the water...preferably the ocean =)

    I've been working on my exercise room for too long....gotta get back too it again! It's a bedroom we don't need since our kids are growing up and moving away. I have a few pieces of work-out equipment to fill it. Thanks for the motivating posts!

  3. Alice - I wish you could still use your treadmill. Knowing you, it doesn't suprise me that you used to have one.

    Doris - I bet so many women would love to have an exta bdr to make a workout space - go put an ocean mural on the wall of yours and enjoy using it! :)

  4. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    I love the first one. There is nothing like looking out over a woodsy mountain to inspire me. Maybe I will move there and then I will exercise...:). Does it count if you just sit in the room?

  5. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    Loved the one by the ocean...but if I lived there I would be outside walking--not inside on the to see all the different places...all better than my hot garage...Sue

  6. Doris I'm with you. I would love to work out over looking the water. Although I have no space for a work out room I do have an empty corner, Resistance bands and a 3 lb weight plus exercises from sparkpeople for every exercise level.

  7. morning, I want to add something here- since I read this post, I have been thinking of ways to make step ups from things around my house. lol old phone books and duct tape, decorated by colored construction paper. soup cans of soup you wont eat. old folger's containers with the finger grips. These were just some of the ideas I came up with.
    Just had to share over coffee this morning.

  8. Deb - you're so resourceful! Whip out a can of black spray paint and you could make all that stuff look like official gym equipment. :)

    I have a pair of hand weights but I have used soup cans before while doing a workout video.

    V - I'm pretty sure just sitting in the room doesn't count as exercise ... but it might count as meditation or stress relief. :)

  9. AnonymousJuly 09, 2011

    I have an exercise ball chair. But it is deflating. Does that count?


  10. Yes, I workout at home :) My parents gave us their old treadmill and it has been a HUUUUGE blessing. DVD's are something I use a lot as well. And running outside works well for me, too. I love not having to pay a monthly fee to get my workouts in! And my kiddos can workout/play right along side their Mommy :)

    Good idea about the 'workout basket'. Loved those pics...especially the first one...with the green, tree-studded mountains out the window! Beautiful.

    Katie :)

  11. I have found that for me it is not about the space, it is more about the time I have and how I can use it. I love taking the dog for a walk or run as I admire God's beautiful creations along the way. There is just something so inspiring about being outside. I feed our animals in our barn and have to wait about 5 minutes before the last one is finished and can be let out. I used to get impatient or bored during those 5 minutes. I brought my weights down to the barn and now use them at least once a day, typically twice. That small chunk of focused and consistent time has brought incredibly noticeable changes that I am excited about. I hate wasting anything especially time. Just had to share because I am truly excited about my new workout space; a barn :)


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