If your home gym is looking a little lacklustre, it might be time to spruce it up with a few easy DIYs. While decorating isn’t an essential part of your fitness routine, it can encourage you to work out more often if you feel happier in the room you’re in. Whether you decide to make this your personal project or get your family involved, it can be a whole lot of fun to get stuck in and transform the look of your home.
First, Check Your Equipment
Before you even begin decorating, you need to make sure that your equipment is in good shape. There’s no point in getting your home gym aesthetically ready if your treadmill is on its last legs. Whether your dumbbells have seen better days or your pull up bar isn’t as safe as it once was, invest in quality equipment to make the most out of your fitness routine. Suppliers like BLK BOX stock professional-quality essentials, from a wide range of weight plates to foam rollers and resistance bands.
A Lick of Paint
Now that you’re sure your equipment is all up to scratch, you can start thinking about painting your walls. It’s true that most gyms have a minimalistic colour scheme, but that doesn’t mean yours has to be the same. Why not create different colour blocked zones around the room, highlighting the places you’ll do cardio, weights and stretching. This will really help your home gym to pop, energising you to do the best workout you can.
Posters and Pictures
Again, who said your walls have to be bare? You can hang up motivational posters to keep you going during those particularly gruelling sessions or even photographs of you and your friends running marathons. This will help you to remind you what it’s all for and can encourage you to stick to your routine.
If you have a chest of drawers for storage in your home gym that’s looking worse for wear, why not try your hand at upcycling? This trend has become more popular in recent years, inspiring many renters and homeowners to find preloved items and make them their own. It doesn’t just save you money, but it helps you be good to the planet too. Making something new out of a piece you already own is always better than throwing it away.
While you might be tempted to buy simple, functional gym accessories, there’s no harm in thinking about how they’d look in the room too. This could mean buying colour coordinated resistance bands, a patterned yoga mat or even upgrading your gym leggings.
Don’t be afraid to think about accessories that aren’t gym-related too. Walking into a cold, clinical space with only fitness equipment might bring down your mood. Think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create by using LED lighting, these pieces of energy-efficient green tech can be coloured to avoid harsh lighting, as well as set a certain mood for your gym. Add a reed diffuser or air freshener to lift your senses and mask smells. Potted plants can add a splash of green, as can soft furnishings. Just because you’re in your home gym to work out doesn’t mean you can have a corner of cushions for resting between sessions. You could even try to make your own covers to make them extra special. Don’t go too overboard that it’s hard to walk or work out in. Remember, you want a space that is efficient as well as inviting.