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Creating a well-planned fitness gym in your home could be a wise long-term move physically and financially. According to the National Association of Home Builders, home gyms were among several rising design trends over the past year. Some studies also suggest that attractive, functional home gyms are among the top three specialty rooms buyers seek in a home.Here are a few key tips for assembling a successful home gym:
1. Install rubber flooring (don't worry, it's easier than it sounds!). Rubber flooring stabilizes heavy equipment, protects against injuries from falls and accidents, and is ideal for impact exercises such as dance and aerobics. If the room has linoleum, wood, or tile floors, it's a breeze to cover them with rubber flooring you can buy in rolls.2. Make sure the room is big enough that you can move about freely. The higher the ceilings and the more square footage, the better.3. Adequate ventilation with windows and fans, bright lighting, and sunny, energizing colors are essential. Avoid fluorescent lighting; its cold overtones chill the mood. Paint colors should be stimulating hues such as yellow, orange, red, and pink - but remember that too much intense color can burn you out.4. Include racks for sweat-mopping towels, a mini-fridge for drinks, a way to listen to music or watch TV, and full-length mirrors.5. Choose the equipment wisely, thinking in terms of how much space you have. A treadmill and a stationary bicycle are easy to maintain and probably the top two most useful larger items, though there are many alternatives in equipment, and you can buy used it at great prices online and in the classifieds.
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