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Sweat It Out: How to Design Your Own At-Home Gym

For many of us, our gyms have been closed for months due to shelter in place ordinances. While some areas of the country are opening back up again, others will remain closed for quite some time. But we can’t just sit around waiting for the gym to open again to break a sweat!

We’re huge proponents of getting outside and going on walks or runs where it’s safe to do so. But sometimes the weather doesn’t allow it, or you just want to do a different type of activity. That’s where a home gym comes in. With just a little bit of space—or a lot if you have the square footage available—you can create an at-home workout zone with a few of our home gym ideas and tips.

It’s time to get moving, break a sweat, and work out some of that angst. Keep reading for a couple of our favorite home gym ideas, from creating a workout space, integrating exercise equipment into your home, and different ways to approach layout for gyms at home!

If you have a whole room to dedicate to your home gym…

First off, lucky you. If you have a separate room that you can work out and store all of your equipment in, take a little time to make this space feel really special. We like the idea of making this room as close to the real gym as possible.

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Start by breaking up the room by activity—a cardio machine, a space to roll out your mat and stretch or practice yoga, a zone for weightlifting. In this room, we have two cardio machines and extra floor space—but you can tailor your space to your preferred workouts and needs! Perhaps you want to install a wall-mounted ballet barre instead, or dedicate a part of the room to weight machines!

But it’s not just about the equipment. If you have a whole room to work with, a few small upgrades will make it feel much more like a real gym! Consider hanging up some mirrors to help spot check your form while you’re working out! In this room, we mounted three infinity mirrors on the wall to give the effect of the gym’s wall-to-wall mirrors. Then, make sure you have the proper ventilation. You don’t want this room to get stinky! We recommend installing a ceiling fan in addition to having a plug-in floor fan going throughout your workout. You could even mount a flatscreen TV in the corner for watching a show while you’re on the treadmill or for streaming online workout classes!

It’s also essential to have storage and organization for your workout gear—from resistance bands and foam rollers to dumbbells and jump ropes! In this space, we used baskets for simple, stashable storage and easy access. But we also love the idea of rolling storage pieces, which are easy to move around if you need to rearrange for a specific workout. You could also add wall hooks for towels or jump ropes and resistance bands if you prefer that to baskets.

Want to add a moment of indulgence? Place a mini fridge in the corner, where you can keep bottled water chilled—and perhaps even some cool, rolled towels dabbed with essential oils for use after an intense workout! A refreshment station isn’t totally necessary since you’re already at home and your kitchen is probably nearby—but we love the idea of treating yourself to that small indulgence and making your gym at home feel like more of a destination!

If you’re rearranging your space to make room for working out…

You may not have a whole room to dedicate toward working out—most of us don’t—but that doesn’t mean you can’t create space to break a sweat within your home! In fact, there are some creative ways to create a workout space that doesn’t take over your whole room.

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Obviously, every home has a different layout, but in general, we recommend letting your practice help you reimagine how you’re going to move things around. So, look at the furniture and objects in your space, and make layout changes based on what you preferred workout is. You want to make sure you have enough space to comfortably work out and engage in your practice!

You don’t necessarily need to get rid of any furniture. Simply get creative in how you’re using your space! And if you do need to rearrange, start by moving around pieces that are easiest to move—like chairs, versus your sofa, or shifting side tables and plants.

Below are a couple of specific home gym ideas for ways you can rearrange your living room layout to accommodate space for a workout zone. We designed these home gym ideas within a living room, but the same principles apply if you’re integrating a gym in your bedroom or another space.

Integrate your gear into your existing layout.

If your preferred at-home workout involves a cardio machine—whether it’s a bike, treadmill, or elliptical—you can potentially get by without making any layout changes! In this living room, we simply placed the machine behind the sofa. It’s out of the walkway, so it doesn’t interfere with the space when it’s not in use. And having it in your living area, rather than tucked in the dark basement, will hopefully remind you to hop on and break a sweat more often!

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We strategically placed the machine near the built-in storage in this living room. Using the bottom shelf or two gives you the perfect place to store towels, a phone charger, or whatever other workout gear you may need.

We love that this approach fits seamlessly into the rest of the space. You’re relying on pieces and elements of your existing layout (like the built-in shelves) to help incorporate the new needs of your now-multi use space. So, lean into the existing elements of your space to make this layout work!

Do a little rearranging.

For this approach, we slightly rearranged the space to make room for spreading out. We shifted the accent chairs to be perpendicular to the sofa rather than directly across from it and pulled all of the furniture back a bit. We also moved the plant from the left side of the fireplace to over by the window.

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Both of these more “permanent” moves allow for an open, multipurpose space within a layout. It’s perfect for those who want to roll out their mat to practice yoga or pilates or do some mid-day stretching. It also gives you space to do more high-intensity workouts like zumba, kick-boxing, or jump-roping! Since the open space is facing the TV, it allows you to stream workouts and easily view the screen. And you can even move the coffee table out of the way if you need more space!

More of a weightlifter than a yogi? Use the open space for a bench—whether a weightlifting bench or just a solid backless bench that you can use for sitting on when not weightlifting! Just make sure any furniture that you’re using to assist in a workout has a solid enough build to handle the weight and strain you’ll be putting on it.

However you end up using your workout zone—whether for yoga, cardio, or weightlifting—the open space gives your kids room to play on the rug and opens up the walkway on the left half of the room, even when you aren’t working out.

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Design Tips to Make Working From Home More Productive

working from home As our community across the world is dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, many of us are facing a new reality of working and living completely at home. And while we know the ability to shelter in place and work remotely is a privilege not everyone has, we also know that working from home can be its own challenge.

This is especially true as many of us are also balancing homeschooling our kids, co-working with a partner, and trying to keep our sanity all at the same time. That’s why now, more than ever, we think it’s so important to have a home that is comfortable and inspiring.

Setting up a designated office space can go a long way in maximizing your productivity during these uncertain times. A physical place where you get down to business can help you make the mental transition to “work mode” and can make balancing life and work at home a bit easier.

To help you create a home office that works as hard as you do, we rounded up 10 of our best home office and working from home tips. We hope they can help you make the most out of your space and stay productive during this time at home.

office layout1. Find an Ergonomic Set-Up

Function and comfort are key to any good office. Set yourself up for success with a workspace where your monitor is at eye-level and you can sit upright in a comfortable chair.

2. Location, Location, Location

Your office doesn’t have to be a separate room, but a dedicated space to get in the zone is important. Try working from your dining table or even incorporate an office into your living room or even your bedroom.

home office in living room3. Utilize the “Cloffice”

Sometimes you need a quiet space to take a call or just have a moment alone to yourself. This can be difficult if you don’t have an extra room to escape to, but consider re-thinking spaces you might not have considered at first glance.

One of our favorites is using an awkward nook, an empty corner, or even a larger closet as an office space (aka the “cloffice”) to take a phone call or as a meditation spot. A few touches can really go along way to spruce up these spaces. Try adding a lamp and a floor pillows, and voila—an empty corner is now a cozy nook.

4. Switch Up Your Scenery

Get a change of scenery throughout the day, just like you would at the office. Consider taking calls and eating meals in another room or even outside. If you have a counter height bar utilize it as a standing desk. You can even make the switch from your office to the dining table half-way through the day for a change of pace.

office layout5. Invest in Good Lighting

A well-lit workspace is a must. Find a sturdy desk lamp to keep your space illuminated (you can borrow one from other areas of your home) and even consider setting up your desk in an area that gets lots of natural light.

6. Keep Clutter Contained

Working in a cluttered space can kill your productivity. Before you start your day take a moment to organize your space. We find loose papers are the number one culprit of disorganization, so consider using a notebook or investing in an organizer to keep things neat. Filing cabinets, baskets, and desk organizers are also great ways to help keep your space tidy!

working from home7. Add a Personal Touch

Invest in creating a space that you enjoy spending time in. This could mean hanging family photos or art that inspires you, adding decorative accents to personalize the space, or even adding a plant into the mix for a dose of relaxing vibes.

8. Structure Your Day

Get ready like you’re about to head into the office. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on clothes that aren’t your pajamas… This will put you in a working mindset and ensure your all-set for video calls! Try to take regular breaks throughout the day and even build in a fake “commute” to help you mentally transition between your workday and leisure time.

working from home9. Face-Time is Important

Social contact outside of work is a must! This might look like phone calls with your family, video chat “happy hours” with friends, or making time for family dinners and date night.

10. Give Yourself Compassion

This is a difficult time filled with a lot of stress and anxiety for many of us. Remember to give yourself compassion and recognize that you’re doing your best to get through this difficult moment. Take advantage of the many resources available to help cope with anxiety, keep yourself grounded by using this time to learn a new skill, and stay connected with your community. Most importantly, remember that we’re all in this together!

 

We here at Modsy want to be a source of inspiration and positivity during these difficult and unsettling times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email (hello@modsy.com) or on social media to let us know what kind of content you’d like to see from us. 

And, as always, if you want expert guidance on making your home a comforting and functional space, our designers are ready to help. Simply start your project and we can begin designing your home 100% virtually. Stay safe and healthy!

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