Spare Room into Home Gym

This afternoon, I decided to turn my spare room into a home gym.

Well, actually, I’ve had that idea for a while, but today I took action.

Technically, that room is my bedroom. But for various reasons, I can’t sleep properly in there. In 5 years in this flat, I’ve never got more than 5 hours uninterrupted sleep in that room, so I permanently moved to the sleeping couch in the living room (that sofa had been my bed since 2008, before I got a “proper” bed). That means my bedroom is currently more a walk-in wardrobe and junk closet, and doesn’t get used properly. But my living room has too many sharp furniture edges to put a yoga mat down for a workout.

So I pushed my bed all the way to the wall, moved my sideboard (which acted like a room divider stacked with Expedit/Kallax cubes) to the foot of the bed and stacked the cubes in a different way. Now I have a centre space that’s big enough to roll out my yoga mat (and leave it out without guests tripping over it), hold my punching ball, and might be big enough to even hold my exercise bike. Plus the cubes are big enough to hold my dumbbells, kettlebells, jump rope, boxing gloves and a DVD player, so I can run my DDP Yoga DVDs or watch an episode of my favourite shows while working out.

It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a good start. Rearranging my furniture opened up a lot of space in that room. And I don’t have to go to the cold basement anymore to use my exercise bike. I’m ok at an actual gym, working out with machines or weights, but I’m really self-conscious about my looks when doing floor exercises, so I prefer to do them in the privacy of my own home.

Now all I’ve gotta do tonight is rearrange all the stuff that was on my shelves and sideboard. That way, I can hopefully start my first at home workout in the morning!


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