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I never used to worry about decorating my home gym. It’s a place to sweat it out and it’s only a corner or small room in my home so why bother, right?
Unfortunately, that was the wrong attitude to have.
When it comes to working out, every bit of motivation helps especially on days you are struggling to get moving.
Imagine the difference between walking into a well put together space, even if it is just a nook or corner, which is decorated as a relaxing yoga studio.
Or maybe you like to get the blood pumping during your workouts. Imagine how it would feel to be motivated to do cardio or weight-lifting versus having a treadmill shoved in the corner piled high with the mountain of laundry which never gets any smaller (or maybe that was just me…).
Check out these simple things you can do to make your workout room or area a bit more appealing to help you reach your fitness goals.
Decorating Your Home Gym for Extra Motivation
Mirrors are a great way to help maintain your form when exercising, for making an area feel bigger, and have been shown to motivate. Hang three or more vertical mirrors in a row to make an area feel bigger or splurge for a large mirror to open up a space.
Nothing is less motivating than piles of stuff. Start decluttering and organizing to make room for your workout area. Need help? Check out this article on how decluttering your home can change your life.
Start with the little things like digging the treadmill out from under the mountain of clothes or clearing the magazines out of the corner then get organized.
Are you motivated by the thought of a relaxing yoga or Pilates session or do you love the adrenaline kick from lifting weights? Once you know what your space is going to be used for decorate appropriately.
If a spa-like atmosphere seems appealing then decorate your space with neutral colors like cream, beige, or pastel colors. Consider adding ‘zen’ pieces like a bamboo tree, yin-yang symbol, or non-toxic soy or coconut candles.
Plan to get your adrenaline pumping? Work bright colors into your decor scheme or go with a black, white, grey color scheme to get into the mindset for a hardcore weight lifting session.
Need more ideas? Check out this article on the Best Workout Room colors and don’t forget to look for VOC free options to decrease indoor air pollution. Click here to see my favorite VOC free paint brand.
Don’t feel like painting? Add simple decor like hanging open shelves with mason jars, books, soy or coconut oil candles and other simple home decor.
Adding a clock can help you unplug during your workouts by eliminating constantly looking at your phone to track the time and getting distracted. Put the phone in your new cubby and focus solely on yourself during your workout (unless you’re on a treadmill then put on your favorite movie and the next thing you know an hour will have passed).
I LOVE this strength training clock and added it to my birthday list!
Essential oils are a great way to help you get into the right mindset to exercise. And, essential oil diffuses are a great for adding charm to an area.
If you workout in the morning diffuse citrus to energize you. Like to workout at night? Set a timer to start your diffuser towards the end of your workout to help relax you for bedtime.
When trying to reach a fitness goal, every little bit of motivation can help. Use these tips to create the workout nook or corner you need to succeed.
What other things have you done to help improve your workout space or home gym? Drop your ideas below and I may add them to the list.