We all know that exercise is good for you, but with busy life schedules and even busier gyms, finding the time and the space for a workout is becoming increasingly more difficult. One way some fitness enthusiasts have been combatting this is by making room for a gym in their own homes, and for those without the space inside, more and more people are considering building a space in their gardens.
It’s an idea that has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years as it provides users with their own workout space with the flexibility of working out when they want to. If the idea has crossed your mind while trying to squeeze in a quick workout amid the hustle and bustle of your local gym, but you aren’t sure whether the investment would be right for you, we’ve put together 5 benefits of having a garden building as a home gym to help you reach a decision.
1) You’ll have privacy
A lot of people’s anxiety about getting fit is having to work out in front of strangers. If you are someone that feels self-conscious when working out, having a home gym may be the solution. You’ll be in the comfort of your own surroundings and you’ll be the only person with access to it. If you do invite friends and family to use it, you will be in control of when they do so, enabling you to feel relaxed and at ease during your workout.
2) There’ll be no time constraints for your work out
One of the major draw backs of local gyms is that they are restricted to what hours they can be open for. And if it’s not the gym’s opening hours that are stopping you, it can be a busy schedule that’s getting in the way. Having a gym at home eliminates this as you can fit in a workout to suit you, and you won’t need to factor any travel time into your routine.
If you wake up in the middle of the night and fancy stretching out with some Yoga, or if you have a spare half an hour before work to fit in some time on the cross-trainer, you can, as your gym is only at the bottom of the garden.
3) It won’t be crowded
Local gyms can get busy, especially at the beginning of the year when everyone is on a health kick. Everybody wants to use the same equipment at the same time meaning there is usually a queue for your favourite machine. In a home gym, there is no overcrowding, meaning you can enjoy your workout in the peace and quiet. You can also spend as much time as you like on the equipment as there’s no one there to make you feel pressured into giving it up.
4) There are no monthly membership costs
It’s no secret that having a gym membership is costly, it’s a regular outgoing that can be in excess of £40 every month. Of course, having a garden building installed also has a payment attached to it, but after the initial cost, you’ll have then 30+ years to enjoy your strong and robust garden gym without any additional payments.
5) You can choose what equipment you have
Paying for a gym membership also means you’re paying for equipment that you don’t use as part of your workout. One of the big benefits of having a garden gym installed is that you can choose exactly what equipment you have inside, meaning your fitness routine will be filled with all the exercises you enjoy doing.
You may prefer weights over cardio, or if you like to practice aerobics or Pilates, you can have floor mats, resistance bands and gym steps inside as opposed to machinery. As it’s your building, it’s completely your choice as to what equipment and furnishings you have inside, so you can tailor your gym to suit your needs.
If you’re considering having a garden building installed for your home gym, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right building. Both our Garden Room and Garden Studio ranges come fully lined and insulated as standard to ensure your gym remains comfortable inside, allowing you to use it all throughout the year. We offer a heavy-duty flooring option on these buildings too, made using ex 38mm thick robust floorboards, which are particularly useful for storing weighty gym equipment on.
Our Salthouse and Burnham Studios also have at least one opening fanlight window installed for ventilation purposes, and there’s an option to have Velux® windows installed in the roof of our Garden Rooms. Both window types ensure that fresh air is circulated around the building to help keep you cool during intense workouts.
If you would like us to help you create the perfect garden gym for you, please get in touch. You can pop in to visit us at one of our UK show sites, or alternatively, you can give us a call on