Setting up a home gym isn’t as expensive or labor intensive as you might think — and just might provide the incentive you need to exercise. Take a look.
Location. No need to build an addition or finish off a basement. A spare bedroom, an office space, or garage can all work. In the right climate, even a back patio or porch might do. Just make sure to clear the space.
Equipment. A certain amount of equipment is required but probably not as much as you think. A simple jump rope is a great way to do cardio exercises and it’s a lot cheaper and smaller than a treadmill. A set of dumbbells with adjustable weights can stand in for a bench-press machine or other strength-training machines. A set of resistance bands is another great addition to a home gym, bringing total spending to under $100.
Install a mirror and a TV. A mirror adds depth to the workout space while also providing instant feedback. Watch workout routines on a small flat-screen TV.
On a budget. Not everything needs to be bought at once. Instead, gradually build your gym to see what works. Check garage sales, Craigslist, online sales groups and apps for equipment, and ask friends if they have any fitness equipment they aren’t using.