Home gym: how to create your own

Sure you can run up and down your stairs. Or do some weight lifting with two bags of rice.

But to keep you motivated there's nothing like actual fitness equipment.

Take me for example. I lóve my crosstrainer. Almost as much as I hate it. It's exactly what I was looking for in my fitness equipment. An effective cocktail of love and hate.

Love because it's an easy work-out, and hate because it's just as boring as watching paint dry.

Why have a home gym?

I'll tell you. Because it's easy!
Having your own home gym is like running: it's an easy way to get your daily exercise.
All you have to do is get into your sports clothes, and start working out. And you don't have to worry about closing times. If you have a home gym you can work out whenever it suits yóu. It's great if you don't have much time. Let's say you've got 35 minutes before you have to pick up your son from soccer practice. That's just enough time to hit your homegym.

Homegym versus The gym

My 18-year old daughter got herself a membership for a gym, that can be used by all family members. At first I got all excited. I pictured myself taking some yoga lessons, using her membership card.

But when push came to shove I ran into my old problem: I couldn't bring myself to go.

It was just too much effort to get in my car, drive to the gym, and then exercise. Instead I went for  a run.

How to create your very own home gym?

My personal home gym may be a little bit sad. It consists of my crosstrainer and two pink dumb bells.  But hey, maybe you're here wondering: 'How in the world am I going to create my own home gym?!'

Here's your answer!

Create your own home gym with these!

  1. A threadmill. I would like one of these. But since I can run outside I feel a crosstrainer is a better option. Because then at least I'm doing some crosstraining too.
  2. Get yourself an elliptical trainer. I bought mine at a local thrift shop for 45 USD. 
  3. Dumb bels. Compared to the threadmill and the elliptical trainer they're a cheap and easy addition to your home gym.
  4. A Dynaband, also known as 'resistance band'. 
  5. Rob your kids, and steal their jumping rope.
  6. A yoga mat to do some exercising while lying on the ground,
  7. One of those stepping thingies.
  8. A fitness ball. Can't afford one? Grab one of your kids'skippy balls.
  9. A trampoline. With any luck you've already got one of those for the kids.
Have a happy work-out! Just don't let the kids see you stole their toys. In that case, quickly go for a run.

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Jas @ All that's Jas said...

I have a free gym membership AND some of your listed items at home but what I don't have are time and motivation. Plenty of excuses though, lol. Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, can't wait to see what you'll share next week!

Karren Haller said...

Thank you for sharing these great ideas, did you know that you can buy, by the yard the resistance bands at a medical supply house in all the different strengths?

I think your post would be enjoyed on my Friday Feature Linky party,
if you would like to share, I would love to have you stop by!! Hope you can make your way over!
Have a great weekend!

Laurie said...

My hubby would love to have a home gym. Maybe someday. Thank you for sharing with us at VMG206 Brag ABout It!

Unknown said...

haha this would mean I would have no excuse not to exercise.... seriously I should do something like this though. Thanks for linking up

Nicole Orriëns said...

A free gym membership? How does that work? That sounds great Jas.

Nicole Orriëns said...

I did not know that Karen! Thanks so much for the tip!

I would love to come over to your Friday Feature Linky Party.

Nicole Orriëns said...

Yes it would definitely be very hard nót to work out!

Karren Haller said...

Thanks Nicole for stopping by to share your post, and now I have gladly pinned!!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Karren@ Oh My Heartsie Girl Friday Features

Unknown said...

Great suggestions. I tried a gym membership years ago, and it didn't work out for me. No swimming pool -- only reason I'd consider a membership in the future. At home exercise is more convenient! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup (pinned too!)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

We love our home gym! Use it every day. Can't imagine not having it. Some people enjoy the social aspect of going to a gym, but we don't, so this is perfect.

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