One of the first things that comes to mind when you’re thinking about working out is how much space you will need and where you will do it. And up until the social separation that has come with the spread of COVID-19, the answer to this question was simple: You would go to the gym or the studio, where there would be plenty of space for you to move and sweat as you chose. But lately that hasn’t been an option—and with fitness centers still left out of the first phase of many states’ plans for reopening, it won’t be in the near future. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you have the space to sweat in your home, even if it’s a one-bedroom apartment. Here, three tips for creating space for home workouts.
Make Your Gym Portable
The beauty of the gym is that it has all the equipment and the machines you might want to use during a strength training or resistance workout. And while a leg press machine is a bit unruly to plop down in your living room, apartment-friendly equipment like dumbbells and resistance bands can help you build lean muscle at home. But the best part about weights and bands is that they are portable and don’t require a static set-up. To keep them from taking up space when you’re not using them, make a portable gym by storing all your equipment in a sturdy basket, tub, or box. That way, you can tuck it in a closet when you’re not working out, and when you’re ready to get your sweat on you can pull it out and exercise wherever you can find space.
Go Where Your Mat Goes
If your workout of choice is yoga, Pilates, or a variation on either, chances are you will be using a mat, and apart from the occasional lateral movement, you’ll likely stay on your mat for the entirety of the workout. Therefore, you can complete it anywhere you can fit your mat! The average yoga mat is two feet wide and between five and six feet long, meaning you can likely fit it in a hallway, between your bed and the wall, or behind your desk. And if the mat fits, then you know you’ll have enough space for the whole routine.
Use Outdoor Spaces
You’ve got your portable gym equipment and your mat—who says your home workout has to be indoors? If your apartment has a balcony, you can reap the benefits of enjoying some fresh air while also burning calories. But even if it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to head to the roof deck or courtyard with your equipment. It’s likely it won’t be as crowded as the gym (or your apartment, for that matter), and as long as you’re following social distancing guidelines, you can soak up some immunity-boosting vitamin D at the same time. And if you’re a runner or biker, you can continue to do so: Experts say that as long as you’re doing your best to stay six feet away from others, you’re safe when it comes to outdoor cardio.
Now that you have your space planned, do you know what your workout will be? If you live in a P4LF fitness community, don’t forget we offer live streamed classes weekly! Contact your property manager or the office for more details and the sign-up link.