Today life has become so fast that, squeezed between our numerous daily obligations, we don’t have enough time for ourselves. We work so hard to establish our careers, that we neglect all the other needs. The greatest impact of this situation is in our body - we just don’t have enough time to go to the gym and keep it in shape. Regular physical exercise is very important because it relieves the stress, boosts confidence and provides us with energy. Most of the gyms have limited hours we can’t fit into, but that mustn’t be an excuse. If you can’t go to the gym, you can always bring the gym to you. Here are few tips on how to create your home gym. Weights are for lifting, not carrying One of the most important things is to choose the right space where to set up your gym. Some rooms may have a perfect atmosphere, but you should always ask yourself if you’ll need to move your equipment every day. The point is to exercise, not to create another daily chore. You should always choose the space where it can remain set up all the time. Space doesn’t have to be big, in most cases, 6x6 is enough so your garage or attic will work just fine. Secure motivation If you place your home gym in the attic or in the garage, you’ll probably be surrounded by naked walls and silence. When you have nothing to draw your attention and can hear your every breath, you won’t be very motivated. It’s always a good idea to invest in some TV or computer monitor to install on the walls where you can watch workout DVDs. If you don’t want to invest that much, you can just bring a portable radio or laptop with your favorite mix of motivational music. Shop till you drop? It’s advisable not to buy every piece of equipment you lay your eyes on. First, you won’t have enough room. Second, you’re definitely not gonna use it all. For the beginning, you should buy only the essential pieces of equipment every gym needs. • Yoga Mat Even if you’re not planning to practice yoga or pilates, a yoga mat is an obligatory piece of equipment for exercises where you need to be lying on the floor. It can also come in handy for your jumping moves. • Stability ball At the beginning, it’s very important to strengthen your core. Stability ball exercises are the best possible way to do that. You have to be careful when choosing the size because it needs to be proportional to your height and weight. • Pull-up bar This piece of equipment is the embodiment of variety. While using it you can target different groups of muscles like biceps, abs, back and more. You can even make your own homemade pull-up bar. •Resistance bands The best thing about these tools is the fact that they don’t require any additional space. Instead of buying a new piece of equipment you can use these to intensify the workout. Expand smart Tools listed above are enough to create a variety of different exercise routines for the beginning. Later you’ll probably want to buy other pieces of equipment based on your individual needs, and at this point, your troubles with space will begin. Don’t throw away the essential equipment just to move in the advanced one. If you have troubles with space you can simply use cheap and efficient storage units that will help you organize the place. That way you’ll keep everything you need at hand, but out of the way. When making your home gym it’s always better to make some modifications to your garage or attic then to set it up in the middle of your living room. And remember - start small, expand smart. About the author: Aside from primary area of interest and expertise in business consulting, Ian could be tagged also as a passionate sports fan, nature and photography enthusiast, always trying to keep up to date with health and wellness trends and education.