5 Hacks for the Perfect Exercise Space

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One of the challenges when starting a healthier lifestyle is not having a physical space that supports the changes you want to make.  This is especially true when it comes to having a space that makes exercise a part of your regular routine.

I’m a big fan of having a space at home that is exercise-ready all the time.  There will be days you can’t make it to the gym.  There will be days the weather makes outdoor exercise hazardous.

But every day is a day you can exercise at home.

If you don’t already have an exercise space, select a room or area within a room that you want to use for exercise.  This may mean cleaning items out of the space.  If so, ask yourself the following about the items you may need to remove:

1. How long has it been since I’ve used this item? And do I have plans in place to use it again in the next 3 months?

If you haven’t used it in the past year and you don’t know when you’re going to use it again, you probably don't have a use for it. Even if you do need to use it later, you may not remember where it is!

If you can easily replace it down the road when the need arises, or even borrow one from a friend, you can let this one item go.

2. Am I holding onto this item out of guilt?

Perhaps a family member gave you the item and you’re afraid they’ll find out if you get rid of it. Or maybe you spent money on the item so you think it would be a waste to throw it out (this is a BIG one for me...I held onto my Malibu pilates exercise chair way too long!).

In either case, if the item isn’t serving a purpose and is only creating stress and/or clutter, it’s time to let it go.

3. Is there a better place I can be storing this?

If the item is keeping your exercise space cluttered, and it isn’t something you can part with, try to find a better place to keep it where it can be used and enjoyed.

4. Does this item contribute to the lifestyle I am working towards?

Maybe you're holding onto a set of cookbooks that is full of low-fat, non-fat ingredients.  You understand that these foods are higher in sugar and you no longer believe in the non-fat fad. Since they are no longer supporting the lifestyle you want, it’s time to say sayonara!

5. Does this item support and encourage me to exercise?

If it doesn’t, consider what things you would like to have in your space instead. What items do you need at hand to make exercise easy…dumbbells, an exercise mat, workout shoes? Are there any pictures or quotes you can put in this space to encourage you to get moving?

We all need to create space in our lives for the things we want to achieve.  Sometimes this means creating an actual physical space. I think I’ll start by adding some motivating quotes to my workout area.

What steps will you take to create or improve your exercise space?  Share in the comments below!

Here's to Loving the Skin You're In,