When you’re a mom, the easiest way to find time to work out is to do it from home. If you have your own home gym, you might be able to sneak away for 20 minutes at a time and get in a great workout. Here are a few tips to setting up your own home gym.
Choosing A Place
First, you need to decide where your workout area will be. All you need is a small area, big enough for you get down on the ground in a push-up position. Although it’s best if the floor is tile or wood, it doesn’t matter; you can make it work. If your room has wood floors, an exercise mat is a good addition. For carpet, foam mats can keep your carpets clean.
It’s a good idea to use a room with a door. With a little one around the house, you may need to be “out of sight, out of mind” while someone else watches your baby. Otherwise, your already short workout might be interrupted. Plus, it gives you a place to use certain equipment, like TRX or pull-up bars.
Be sure to pay attention to the ceiling height of your workout space. If you plan on jumping rope, a basement with a low ceiling won’t work.
Once you pick the right room for your home gym, you can decide on the equipment.
What Equipment You Should Have
The type of equipment you have should depend on the workout you enjoy doing. If you’re into bodyweight exercises, you don’t need to have any exercises. A TRX (suspension training system) is a great addition to a home gym and takes up almost no space. It’s a great alternative to weights, as they can take up a lot of room.
Cardio equipment like an elliptical, treadmill, or stationary bike isn’t a necessity. But if you love working out on a certain machine, it’s worth getting one. You want to enjoy your workout as much as possible. That said, there are plenty of great cardio workouts that you can do with no equipment.
If you plan on doing a monotonous exercise, like running on the treadmill, it’s a good idea to set up a television in front of the equipment. Or, a small speaker for listening to your music can keep you motivated while you exercise.
As far as other equipment goes, that’s up to you. If you have a baby that sits still for more than a few minutes, you can keep a bouncy chair or swing in your home gym and might be able to squeeze in a workout without help from a babysitter. Having a good home gym is the easiest way to get and stay in shape with a baby.
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle, and I'm a little bit of a fitness nut. Since having my 1-year old son, working out has been a little more difficult. Between breastfeeding and running around with a baby who does not EVER sit still, I've had to learn how to workout a whole new way. Join me on Workout Wednesdays as I share my post-baby workout tips. You can learn how to get (or stay) healthy while you juggle being SuperMom!