Setting up a home gym

I make physical fitness a priority in my life.

Since I was a teenager in high school, I’ve set aside an hour a day to workout.

Even as an adult, with tons of responsibilities, I make time to exercise every day. I live in an area where the weather most often prohibits outdoor activities. I can’t exactly go for a run or a bike ride when it’s negative twenty degrees. Between the heat, humidity, high winds, rain and sub zero temperatures, I’ve needed to figure out a way to follow a worthwhile fitness routine indoors. For a while, I was making the trip to a gym four or five times per week. The thirty minute drive added too much time to the workout. It simply wasn’t convenient. I decided to set up a home gym and began researching different types of exercise equipment. It’s not all that expensive to buy a yoga mat, some free weights and a jump rope. The larger machines are much more costly. I needed to save up for a weight bench. I spent a lot of time researching the benefits of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair masters. I wanted to get the most out of my investment. I finally chose a stationary bike because it avoids impact on my knees, feet and ankles. By raising the resistance level and pedaling at a swift pace, I’m able to burn anywhere between four and six hundred calories in an hour. The bike operates quietly, doesn’t take up all that much room and has proven very reliable. It features a fan that helps to keep me cool during the workout.


Workout program