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January 10, 2019 3 min read

If you're like many other Americans who have set health-oriented resolutions for 2019, you're probably feeling the pressure to get moving -- both literally and figuratively -- on your goals. Opting to create a home gym can allow you much more flexibility over your schedule and the type of exercise you do. But in order to create an awesome fitness space, you'll need to choose the right fitness equipment for your needs. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for evaluating which types of home fitness equipment will best serve you and your family.

Evaluate Your Space

Many Americans simply don't have a lot of room to devote to a home gym. But that doesn't mean you can't exercise in your house! Before you purchase any type of exercise equipment, you'll need to evaluate how much space you can realistically devote to this endeavor. Do you have an entire spare room you can use, or will your fitness equipment have to fit in a portion of the basement or your home office? If you have a smaller area to work with, you'll need to consider fitness equipment that can either be folded up and stored when not in use or that won't take up a lot of room once it's fully assembled. You may even need to invest in one versatile piece of equipment instead of a few different types if your space is extremely limited.

Set Your Goals

Your fitness goals and the activities you truly enjoy will typically determine the type of equipment in which you'll want to invest. If you don't like using a stair stepper or a rowing machine, don't be tempted to purchase those items just because of their potential health benefits; you probably won't want to work out if you choose equipment you hate! In the same vein, you should purchase equipment that can help support your end goals. So if you want to lose weight, you may not purchase the same type of equipment as someone who wants to increase their muscle gains or focus on stamina improvement. Around 30% of U.S. adults say they walk for exercise, making it the most popular form of exercise overall. If walking, jogging, and running are of interest to you, talk to the staff at local fitness stores to determine the equipment that will help you reach your goals and keep your interest.

Determine a Budget

Not only is there a wide variety of exercise equipment available, but the prices vary a lot, as well. That's actually a good thing, since it makes working out more accessible for everyone. It certainly is possible to create a good home gym without breaking the bank. However, it's important to remember that you get what you pay for. You may actually be better off buying one or two higher-quality pieces of equipment than filling your gym space with several machines that easily break down or don't deliver on their promises. Once you decide how much you can feasibly afford to spend, you can visit sports stores in your area to assess which types of equipment will fit that budget and help you actually reach your goals. This can keep you from over- or under-spending on equipment and allow you to get the most out of your investment.

Ready to get started on building a home gym of your own? We're here to help you along every step of the way. For more information, get in touch with us! We'd love to assist you in reaching your fitness goals for 2019.

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