Home gyms have become increasingly popular over the last few years. More recently, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been working out at home when they can’t get to their regular gym.
Smart homes have also been increasing in popularity. One recent study found that 65% of Americans have at least one smart home device, from thermometers to security systems, and from water monitoring to updated appliances. There are plenty of ways to upgrade to a smart home, and people are taking advantage of it.
If you’re thinking about adding a home gym to your house, why not be “smart” about it—in more ways than one? Let’s cover how you can design a smart home gym space from scratch, and enjoy the best workouts of your life from the comfort of your own house.
One good rule of thumb is to utilize the biggest room you can and make sure you’re lighting it up the right way. Have you ever noticed that most public gyms are really bright? That can actually help to boost your energy and mood while you’re working out while keeping you safe. It’ll also make it easier to see yourself in that full-length mirror you’re going to install.
You can incorporate smart lighting into your gym by using LED bulbs that can be controlled on a digital device. You can also utilize smart temperature technology for tailored heating and cooling to fit your needs. If you’re in the middle of a sweaty workout, that’ll come in handy! And don’t underestimate the value of natural lighting, so the more windows the better in your exercise space.
Find the Right Gadgets and Equipment
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or smart gadgets to make your home gym energy-efficient, practical, and effective. Some smart home gym equipment can be more luxurious than others, and it’s not a bad idea to invest in one or two pieces that will really stand the test of time and give you a great workout.
Equipment like Tonal and Tempo allows you to follow virtual personal trainers or join classes while working out. They’re all-in-one pieces that are designed to give you a full-body workout from start to finish.
If you’re limited on space but desire to boost your weightlifting skills, try something like Arena. It uses a cable attachment system to turn any room into a weight room.
Even smart devices like the Apple Watch or a FitBit can be integrated into your home gym. Everything is designed to boost your workout so you can get the most out of it. Smart devices should sync up with your phone or another digital device so you can monitor and check on things as often as possible.
Incorporate a Gym Into Your Existing Smart Home
If you already have several smart home gadgets, putting together a gym can either be incredibly easy or incredibly complicated, depending on how high-tech you want to go.
The most important thing to keep in mind as you integrate a smart gym into a smart house is that it needs to be on par with the rest of the home. If you put it together as though it’s a last-minute thought, that’s what it will look like.
Whether you currently live in a smart home or not, now is a great time to turn an unused space into a smart gym. If you plan on working out from home more often, taking the time to create a smart home gym can give you the motivation you need to keep going—even from the comfort of home.
Noah Rue is a journalist and content writer, fascinated with the intersection between global health, personal wellness, and modern technology. When he isn't searching out his next great writing opportunity, Noah likes to shut off his devices and head to the mountains to disconnect.