Working out regularly can help you stay fit and healthy. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to drive to the gym after work, nor do they have the money to pay for an expensive recurring membership fee.
Setting one up doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg as there are many inexpensive new and used gym sets that are available on the market. You’ll find that you’ll get a lot more value out of exercising in the comfort and safety of your garage gym.
Here are our five favorite cost-effective ideas that you can use to create your own private garage gym:
Heating and Cooling
Depending on where you live, it can get really hot in the summertime or freezing cold in the winter. A good heating and cooling system can help keep your garage at the optimal workout temperature.
Most stand-alone heaters or air conditioning units will plug into a standard 110-volt outlet. Newer models are very efficient and will only take 30-minutes or so to entirely heat or cool a standard size garage.
When spring or fall time rolls around, our Garage Door Fresh Air Screen will allow a refreshing cool breeze to come into your garage while keeping the flying insects at bay. There are no power tools required for installation, and the screen won’t interfere with your garage door opener!
Insulation is a must for houses located in colder climates. It will keep freezing air drafts from entering the garage, and that can help stabilize temperatures inside your home. Just a few sheets of insulation tacked on to your garage door can also prevent the neighbors from hearing your stereo when you turn the volume dial up to “11.”
If you don’t want to hassle with cutting the insulation to size and attempting to install it, you can always opt for one of our insulated garage doors. Unlike aftermarket insulation which is rough and metallic-looking, ours have it built right into them. You’ll get an amazingly beautiful garage door which will help regulate the temperature without the need for unsightly external insulation.
No garage gym is complete without adding a few exercise-related décor items that can provide inspiration as well as that little extra push that you need to help you finish your workout. There are many things you can add to your gym, such as:
· Motivational posters
· Full-length mirrors
· Bluetooth stereo system
· Small refrigerator
· Lights with dimming switches
Even the color of your walls can help you exercise better. If you paint your walls blue, scientists have found that it can have an acute psychological effect. Human beings tend to associate the color blue with the limitless sky, and this can help you push through a particularly challenging workout.
Nobody likes to work out on a hard, cold, concrete floor. Like any professional gym, you’re going to want a spongy floor mat under your feet, which can help absorb impact from vigorous exercise routines. There are many different types of floor mats on the market. However, many of them will require you to measure and cut to size.
If you’re looking for an easier self-install option, try our G-Floor Garage Floor Protectors. They’re made from a specially formulated polyvinyl which will help make your garage gym floor look beautiful and even allow you to drive and park your car over it!
While you can run out and buy expensive metal or wooden racks to store your workout equipment, a few simple hooks anchored into your garage wall will work just as good. Storing your stuff on the walls will also open up more garage floor space for large exercise equipment such as stationary bikes, rowing machines, or weight benches.
If you don’t want to drill a bunch of holes in your garage wall, you can always purchase a wallboard. It will securely attach to the wall using just four anchor points. The front of the board is slotted and comes with several sturdy metal hooks that securely attach to the grooves in the middle.
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