For many homebuyers it’s the ultimate American dream: a place to exercise in privacy, whenever you want, without the crowds, noise and costly memberships. A home gym can be a huge plus to owning your own home, but like any other amenity it pays to plan ahead. Here are some things to consider if working out from home is in your future.
Experts agree there’s one decision you have to make before you buy your first set of weights: What are your goals? Visit gyms in person and you’ll see that every one of them has a slightly different focus: weightlifting, CrossFit, yoga, martial arts, calisthenics, the list goes on.
A home gym is no different than one you pay for in terms of what its designed to accomplish. Figure out what your fitness plans are and then decide:
- What kind of setup you need (mats and mirrors versus weights and racks)
- How much space you’ll need (an extra bedroom versus the entire garage)
- What your budget for the whole project is (good equipment isn’t cheap)
Depending on your needs a home gym can become expensive fast. Thankfully, you can take advantage of the entire area just beyond your front door.
Utilize Your Neighborhood
Increasingly neighborhoods are being built with fitness-focused residents in mind. If the price tag on that treadmill is a little too steep you can always find a place to live that better accommodates outside activity.
When exploring a potential neighborhood take note of the sidewalks, roads, and additional trails. Good roads and sidewalks are essential for runners and cyclists to avoid unnecessary injuries. Having a connection to additional trail systems can provide you with miles of added distance.
Many neighborhoods now have clubhouses equipped with gyms. This can be a great if you don’t want to dedicate a room at home but still want something a little less crowded. Be sure to inspect the facilities and stop by during peak hours to get a feel of what working out there would be like.
Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have a community gym proximity to a park is often all you need. It’s fairly simply to maintain your fitness using just basic playground equipment.
Some sports such as Frisbee golf, sand volleyball, or hiking can’t be organized at home or a clubhouse. If you participate in one of these activities find out where they can be played proximate to any home you’re considering. If you like to spend your weekend hiking through the woods living in a dense city might not be the best option for you.
Let Us Do the Heavy Lifting
We get it; finding a mortgage lender can be exhausting especially with everything else you have to consider. Just like going to the gym, the first steps are usually the hardest. We can put you in touch with one of our realtor partners who can find you a home with as much space as you need for whatever fitness goals you have. Fill out the form below, and we’ll make sure your next loan isn’t an exercise in frustration.
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