Wish you had room for a home gym? You might! We created an organized exercise space in a corner that has everything we need to stay fit.
I don’t know about you, but Spring always inspires me to get healthier. I know for most people January 1st is a trigger, but I find it much easier to make better eating and exercising decisions when it is warmer and the sun is shining.
I decided to combine my love of magazines, my pledge to read more non-electronic stuff, AND my new Spring commitment to health into one fun organized space. We’ve had a treadmill tucked into the corner of a room, but it was NOT a fun space. After an inexpensive makeover, I’m excited to go up and work out.
Here’s what I came up with:
This was actually a very quick, easy, and inexpensive project. The pegboard came from the hardware store already to size – no saw required!
The only “tricky” part, was remembering that in order for pegs to go in a pegboard, it can’t be flush against the wall. We used some cheap plumbing washers as spacers as seen below. With the pegboard away from the wall, we inserted screws and added the spacers. Then we lifted the board to the wall and attached the screws to wall anchors. The only tool you’ll need is a drill or electric screw driver and potentially a stud-finder to determine if you need anchors or if you can attach your pegboard right to the studs.
Once the the pegboard was hung, the fun part began. I knew there were some vital components that had to be stored on the board. First was a place to store a few magazines. I used two hooks and a dowel rod to create the perfect magazine rack. Even when I don’t want to work out, a good magazine can lure me upstairs for a little quality me-time on the treadmill.
We also needed a place to store headphones and our pedometers. We get a huge discount on our health insurance by using the pedometers to show that we completed 10 days of walking/running each month. Metal buckets from the Dollar Spot at Target were perfect to hold both the pedometers and my headphones. My husband usually watches Netflix on the treadmill with his serious headphones, so I added a hook for them as well.
I MIGHT have also used this project as an excuse to buy color-coded gym towels while I was Target (pink for me, gray for hubby). I grabbed two for each of us so we could rotate and still have one while the other is waiting to be washed. Cute + functional!
There was just enough room left to hang up my yoga mat, jump rope, and exercise bands.
Here’s the view from the treadmill. I’m kind of in love with the quote we added above the board in vinyl.
Next to the treadmill, I couldn’t let the wall space go to waste. I’ve always wanted to do a clipboard wall, and this was my chance! I spray painted the clipboards black and gold and then used a mixture of printable exercises I found online (here and here) and printables I created. Proverbs 31:17 is the perfect verse for this space.
The clipboards will make it really easy to switch out exercises. I’m often motivated by exercise routines in magazines. Now I can rip them out and put them right on the wall!
This has always been an awkward corner because we can’t block the attic door. I wish I would have thought of this arrangement three years ago! It’s amazing we could turn a small corner into a little mini-gym.
Does Spring motivate you to set aside a little me-time for exercise? What’s your favorite at home work out?