Your fitness plan has taken a huge hit over the past year. With the lockdown and social distancing norms taking you away from your gym, you’ve been unable to enjoy your usual workouts. Of course, if you opted for professionally managed accommodation like Stanza Living, you could take advantage of their routinely sanitized in-house workout zone and keep your exercise regime up from the safety of your PG. But even if you didn’t make that smart choice, you can actually DIY a mini gym for yourself in your room itself.
And yes, we know that hostel and PG rooms aren’t usually overflowing with space, but if you arrange your furniture correctly and gather some equipment it’s actually easier to create a workout space than you might think. That’s why we’ve got some tips for you to try to get back on track with your exercise routine. Let’s take a look at them.
Choose Your Plan
Before you start creating any sort of gym set up, you need to think about your exercise plan. What is the routine that you regularly follow? Are you planning to do yoga or use weights? How much equipment do you need for your workout plan? Having all of this in place before you start creating your DIY gym will ensure you don’t take up any unnecessary space or waste money on things you won’t ever need.
If you’re planning to create a gym set-up of your own in your PG room, you need to ensure that you have enough space. That means you might need to rearrange your furniture to free up floor space. The first thing you’ll need to do to maximise your space is an open floor plan. That means pushing your bed, desk or any other furniture to the edges of your room. You might also want to consider storage solutions that fit under your bed or on top of your cupboard so that you’re not taking up extra floor space with bags or bins. Once you’ve got enough space for yourself to be able to move freely, you’re good to go.
Invest in Equipment
Remember that workout plan you chose earlier? That’s going to come in handy now. You’re going to purchase the gear that you need according to your exercise regime. Yoga mats, dumbbells, resistance bands, sports shoes, exercise balls – these are all things that you can easily use in your PG room without taking up too much space. But don’t go overboard when it comes to equipment, especially if you’re a beginner. It’s best to start small and get used to a routine before you invest in bigger or more expensive equipment.
Make it Big
Sure, you’re working with the small carpet area of your PG room but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the illusion of space. Making your workout area seem bigger will actually help you push yourself and get the most of your workout without worrying about the space constraints. A really easy trick is to add a full-length mirror behind your door. It’ll make your room seem bigger, and help you keep track of your movements too. Who needs a professional gym after all?
Don’t Limit Yourself
Sure, you’re creating a mini-Gym inside your ladies’ PG near Manyata Tech Park, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only space you can exercise in. Especially when it comes to getting your cardio in. You may not have a treadmill or an exercise bike, but you can easily go for a run in the park next door or cycle to the grocery store. Think about how you can incorporate physical exercise into your daily life so that you don’t feel as much pressure to work out. Simple swaps like taking the stairs more frequently or using filled water bottles in place of weights can be easy ways for you to replicate the workout you’d engage with in a gym, without needing to go out of your way.
And there you have it. It really is that easy to create a workout space for yourself in your PG room. So, don’t make any more excuses for avoiding exercise.
Also read: 7 Exercises You Can Do Right In Your Chair!
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