Exercise has many benefits. It aids weight loss, increases energy levels, allows for better concentration, and strengthens the musculature and bone. Many people feel that the only way to get an effective workout is in the gym. For others, however, a gym membership is an expensive luxury.
The advantages of home training are endless, so why not transform your garden into a personal gym? You won’t need a vast area to set up. A space of 9m2 would be sufficient for training and space of approximately 15m2 to 25m2 to house your training equipment, depending on your needs and budget. Invest in an exercise mat, Swiss ball, resistance bands, loose weights or kettlebells, a step, and a skipping rope to begin with.
The first element to consider would be what kind of building to construct. Brick-and-mortar buildings are costly and fixed. If you move, you can’t take the building with you. Log Cabins are a more appropriate structure to consider. There are many types available and some can be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere. Few even require permits, but it is worth checking.
Once you begin planning your space, keep some of these tips in mind.
- Your log cabin should be installed on a concrete slab if you’re going to be storing heavy equipment such as a treadmill or rowing machine.
- Dumbbells and barbells can cause dents on the timber floor. It’s a good idea to lay down rubberised floor protection, which is easy to clean or store them on a stand.
- Ensure your personal gym has windows to allow in natural light and ventilation.
- Some log cabins are already insulated with purchase. Insulation is an excellent temperature regulator.
During warmer periods, exercising outdoors can be invigorating. Yoga or Pilates are great options to stretch your mind and body into a place of relaxation while absorbing natural vitamin D from the sun. You can even move your spinning bike outside and cycle in the sunshine. Short for time? Try a 15-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on the lawn, no equipment needed.
If you’re looking to build muscle, installing monkey or pull-up bars is an option. The treated-wood stabilisation beams must be planted in concrete and allowed to settle before planting them in the ground. This inhibits the wood preservation chemical leaching into the soil and also prevents wood rot.
Depending on the size of your garden, you could install a small obstacle course. This will not only assist with your training but can be a fun activity for the entire family to get involved in. You can even host an obstacle course race for your child’s next birthday.
Always keep in mind that your garden gym should be a space that integrates with your current home and garden. Beautify the space by planting some fragrant herbs, which you can use in your healthy post-exercise meals and smoothies. Add a small deck that can double-up as an exercise space or a relaxation spot.
You’ll not only be living a healthier, active lifestyle in the comfort and privacy of your home, but you’ll also be saving money.