Whether you live in an area that offers warm weather year-round or just for a few months, creating an outdoor gym is ideal. Not only does it allow you to get outside for your workout after working indoors all day, but it gives you the added benefit of fresh air and a natural setting that is sure to boost your mood and be far more motivating than staring at a wall or TV during your workout. You’ll also get the benefit of freeing up space in your home by moving your gym outdoors.
If you’re exploring this idea, the good news is that it’s easier than you think and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Keep reading for tips and ideas for creating an outdoor gym in your backyard.
The first decision you need to make when creating an outdoor gym in your home is whether you want to use a covered space or an uncovered space for your workouts. It is usually more feasible to use part of a patio, gazebo or other existing outdoor space to create a backyard gym since it will give you some covering from the sun and rain, which will allow you to work out even in inclement weather. Forgoing the setup and breakdown of your workout space will certainly save you a lot of time and allow you to start your workouts as soon as you’re ready.
If you don’t have an existing shade structure in place, some affordable options can be a portable pop up tent or awning that extends from the roof of your home. However, if you only have an uncovered area to work with, don’t stress. Investing in weatherproof covers for your equipment will help to protect them from the elements and keep them clean in between workouts.
The next decision you need to make is whether you want to install permanent, stationary gym equipment or portable pieces that you can put away when not in use or move around at will. This decision will largely depend on the type of workout space that will best fit your fitness goals.
For example, do you want:
The good news is, there are many options available to you depending on the type of outdoor gym you want to create.
If you plan on using an uncovered space and want permanent workout gear, you may want to look into equipment such as step climbers or exercise bikes that are specifically designed to be installed outdoors and to withstand the elements.
Keep in mind, certain equipment will require you needing an electrical outlet nearby. If this is the case, a covered area is ideal for your equipment, so it’s always ready to be used.
Finally, if you have a small space and don’t have a lot of room for equipment or a covered area, you can choose portable equipment for your outdoor gym. This might include free weights, folding exercise machines, yoga mats or resistance bands. This gives you more opportunities to switch up your exercise routine and can easily be brought inside if needed.
When creating an outdoor gym where the floor can become wet from rain or your irrigation system, it is a priority to have a non-slip surface. Some options for outdoor gym ground cover include paving stones, rubber fitness mats, artificial grass, turf or a cement patio.
However, if you have a grass lawn, you don’t need to eliminate an outdoor gym. All you need to do is plan accordingly to ensure your equipment doesn’t become damaged by sprinklers. Also, if there is mud on the ground you’ll need to be sure that the ground doesn’t create an injury to yourself.
To keep your outdoor home gym functional and to keep it from becoming overcrowded with bulky equipment, look for furniture pieces and fitness accessories that can be used in a multitude of ways. For example, a weight bench and some free weights or a functional trainer are two pieces of equipment that can be used for a variety of exercises.
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