Windows & inspiring home workout spaces
Lots of us workout from home. It’s convenient and that it can be fitted in whenever you’ve got some free time in your day. You don’t need much to get started, a yoga mat, some fitness clothing from Ryderwear and away you go. On the other hand, finding the motivation to get started is what most people find difficult. To motivate yourself to exercise regularly, the space you use needs to be light, with good air circulation and a nice place to be. It also needs to fit into your home’s design scheme seamlessly so your living area doesn’t always look like a gym.
Many of us place our exercise area in front of a TV screen, however, it is much better to look out of a window, rest your eyes and get a break from all that artificial blue light. An exercise area flooded with natural light, with an open view of trees, a cityscape or a garden is relaxing and will supercharge the mental health benefits you get from physical activity.
Windows also provide ventilation so you can maintain a comfortable temperature without needing to use energy-intensive cooling systems. And of course, the fresh air from your open window will also mean your house doesn’t smell like old trainers!
But when you do work out with your windows closed, say, during the chilly winter months, then you would naturally still want to have that view you’ve been enjoying, right? Even if it is of the billowing wind and snow outside. But that’s not going to be possible if your windows are grimy and have so much dust that you cannot see through them. Frequent cleaning and dusting should help in such cases, but for the more extensive cleaning jobs, you might want to hire a company like NICK’S Window Cleaning to take care of the windows and give you back your beloved workout view.
You might have to rearrange your existing furniture to make space for exercise in front of your biggest windows. It is much easier to be flexible with space in open plan designs. So if you are knocking a wall out or putting in some folding sliding doors or replacing old windows make sure you consider how to incorporate your workout space early on. If you’re thinking about taking on such a project, consider the services offered by the likes of T&C glass shop, window installation and repair experts – it’s much better getting an expert on the job than trying to tackle it alone.
We have some found some great examples of perfect home workout spaces. So get inspired.
Think Of The Environment!
If you are replacing windows then do try to use environmentally friendly materials. UPVC and Aluminum are environmental bad boys but is there a practical alternative? Wood is gorgeous, renewable and is a carbon sink but compared to metals it has a shorter life and a reputation for needing regular maintenance. So what do you do? There are plenty of modified woods on the market that are great for the environment and make timber windows that last for ages and don’t need regular painting. So make sure you have considered all the options carefully.
Even hardened runners or gym bunnies are having to work out at home now during lock down. We are all learning how easy it is to build exercise into our daily routines and complete tough workouts without needing to step outside our front doors. This will probably lead to a long term trend of more at home exercising. So take some inspiration from this article and make your home workout space and inspiring and positive place to be.
Welcome to Motivational’s. This is Elliot Grant, fitness fanatic, and your go to advisor and blog post writer, putting your fitness first.