Home Improvements For Better Fitness
While many of us sign up for new gym memberships in the new year, it’s not a bad idea to have a good set-up so you can exercise from the comfort of our own home (like me!) when you can’t make it there. It also makes it more difficult to make excuses! Using programs at home provides an enormous amount of benefits not only from a fitness standpoint but on our time management and financial situations as well, just to name a few. But could we take it to another step and invest in our fitness journey even more by making our home more exercise and health-centered? Not only will these improvements pay off in the short game by making living a healthier lifestyle more achievable but can also pay off later by increasing your home’s value. Plus, maybe other family members will get inspired to exercise too!
A pull-up bar is a simple device that can produce serious results. While most only see the single-use, pull-up bars can be used in other ways as well, especially with new products out all the time. They can be used to attach resistance bands or TRX bands for workouts, or even some can be disassembled quickly to be used for push-ups or ab work. If placing one in a door frame does not go with your wish for decoration, consider using one in your garage. Or is there a place on the patio where you enjoy exercising? The pull-up bar addition may not change your resell value, but after seeing the results it can bring, you will be ready to take it with you wherever you go.
When trying to stay on track with a steady meal plan, buying in bulk can help in the preparation of our meals as well as save us money. Many of us have been in a situation where we go to make dinner and not have what we need to make a healthy meal, so we either call the local pizza place or go to a dinner out (guilty!). While yes, we can eat healthy out, we are more likely to overeat versus cooking in our own home. Having a chest freezer will give us extra room to store meats packed with protein, veggies loaded with vitamins, and fruit that can be used to make nutritional smoothies all without stuffing or changing our everyday fridge and freezer.
Update the Kitchen in Your Home
Some of our kitchens are just not set up to meet the needs of our nutritional plans or maximize the results of meal planning and prepping. While this may be a pricey endeavor, reconfiguring a non-functional kitchen and customizing it to fit your needs will have you fighting to use your new prize and eat healthier at home. Investing in your home and kitchen will create a mindset of utilizing your investment and avoiding eating out.
While a new mattress may be more of a short game from a financial point because more than likely you will be taking the bed with you during a move, it can pay off from a health standpoint. Getting a good night’s sleep can make all the difference in feeling energized and refreshed versus tired and unmotivated. Falling into deep sleep can also help our bodies function at their highest levels which aids in moving us to be our healthiest.
Installing a pool may not be an option for everyone based on price, the climate you live in and currently available size. If a pool has been resting on your mind, now may be the right time to dive in (literally and figuratively). Exercising in the pool can take the wear and tear off our bodies and joints. This still allows us an opportunity to push our bodies. It may be another way to get our kids out of the house, away from the tv and video games and doing something active.
Don’t count out the backyard as another way to use your home. Consider creating a jungle gym for the kids that you can use also for fitness. Let your creativity run with ideas for your home.