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6 Pieces for Your Home Gym

With the beginning of the new year, everyone is taking the time to reflect on how they can improve their health, careers, relationships, and, of course, appearance. For many of us, that means that we'll be striving to eat better and exercise more. Unfortunately, deciding to work out consistently is only half the problem, finding the time to do so and then putting forth the effort to hit the gym is the hard part. That's why creating a gym in the comfort of your own home can help you stay on track with your fitness goals in 2022 and beyond. Here are some pieces that are worth including when you build your ideal home gym this year.

1. Dumbbells

If there is one piece of workout equipment that you just can't do without in your home gym, it's dumbbells. Dumbbells can help you build muscle, burn fat, and achieve an array of fitness goals — all without breaking the bank or taking up too much space. Best of all, they will continue to be useful as you advance through your exercise regimes and your physical needs change. 

2. Resistance Bands

Another versatile piece of equipment that is worth adding to your workout space this year is resistance bands. Like with dumbbells, there are countless ways to use resistance bands to gain strength, tone your muscles, and stretch. Because they are small and lightweight, you can easily store them anywhere. You can even take them with you to places like work and on vacation if you're feeling particularly ambitious.

3. Exercise Mat

Regardless of whether your workout consists of doing light yoga or heavy weight lifting, including an exercise mat in your home gym is a must. Mats provide a number of benefits to your home and your body, including:

  • Protecting the floor from damage from heavy weights and equipment
  • Preventing your feet and hands from slipping as you exercise or stretch
  • Providing cushioning for your joints as you lift weights, jump, and move

4. Equipment of Your Choice

At the end of the day, the best home gym equipment is what you're willing to use. There's no sense in buying an expensive exercise bike if you'd prefer a treadmill and vice versa. To prevent this unfortunate circumstance from happening, be sure to consider your exercise needs and preferences before investing in equipment that can take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money.

5. Giant Mirror

Whether you realize it or not, incorporating a large mirror into your home gym area is essential. Being able to look at yourself while you're exercising can help ensure that your form is proper. Sometimes it's not enough to feel it; you need to see it. Likewise, it can give you a visual of areas that you'd like to improve and help you see where you're making progress. 

6. Hide Your Home Gym 

There's certainly no shame in trying to live a healthier life and getting in shape. But that doesn't mean that you want every person who walks in your house to see a room full of workout equipment looking back at them. With this in mind, it can be helpful to keep your home gym out of sight with a hidden door. 

With a hidden door solution from Murphy Door, you can store your weights, workout equipment, and accessories in a room that no one knows is there. Visit us online today to find the perfect hidden door solution for your home gym and any other room in your home, such as our Mirror Door. We can't wait to help you make 2022 your most memorable (and healthy) year yet!

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