Turn your Bonus Room into a Fitness Center

With a busy life it can get harder and harder to take the time to stay in shape. Make it easier on yourself and create your own home gym out of your bonus room!

This family put together a treadmill, a glider machine with arm action and a bench for weights to create their own mini-gym. These choices help encourage fitness at all levels. Let’s take a look at their smart decisions.

First, these machines are sturdy and professional-grade. Take the time to look up reviews of equipment before buying, and consider used equipment rather than going for less expensive options. The variety available helps you vary your routines every day. Manage your budget by adding one new machine every year. An exercise bike would be a nice addition to the choices here.

Choosing free weights rather than a weight machine saves money and supports fitness better. Studies have shown that using free weights is more effective for building muscles than a weight machine. Free weights also support balance.

A large mirror helps make you more aware of your stance while exercising. Taking a regular look at yourself supports balance and posture. The mirror is also positioned to reflect natural light from the windows.

A ceiling fan helps you keep cool as you exercise. It whisks away perspiration, leaving you more comfortable and helping to make your exercise routine more enjoyable.

Add music to enhance your exercise routine, and possibly a DVD player to play yoga or other fitness videos. Carpeting will help provide the soft flooring you need for free-form exercises. This bonus room is large enough to hold the machines as well as provide space for exercise and simple dance routines.

Make your bonus room a special space just for you – designed to get you into the shape you want to be in a fun and relaxing way – just steps from your bedroom.