Now that we're nearing the end of summer, you may be looking for ways to bring your exercise routine indoors. Have you considered a DIY gym? After all, you can't beat the location (your home) or the month-to-month fee ($0). Take some inspiration from these five variations on a home gym to keep yourself and your family fit and active all winter long.
1. BUILD A CLIMBING WALL
Everyone knows that rock climbing offers an excellent full-body workout, but you may not have realized that in order to participate, you don't need access to a sheer cliff. To build a climbing area in your own home, the only prerequisite is a load-bearing wall with studs you can nail into. You can buy everything else you need at a sporting goods store. Impatiently Crafty has a step-by-step tutorial that details the construction process.
2. DESIGN A YOGA ROOM
Put a little “om” into your home and design your own private yoga studio. It's OK if you can't sacrifice an entire room to the purpose; any space will do, so long as it's wide and long enough to accommodate your body lying flat. Mats and pads provide comfort, while a large-scale mirror helps practitioners keep an eye on their form. To fully customize the ambiance, incorporate an audio system or connect the room lighting to a dimmer switch.
3. CONSTRUCT A PLYOMETRIC BOX
Made famous by the Crossfit strength and conditioning program, the plyometric box lends itself to any number of rigorous exercises. Although a new one would cost you well above $100, you can make your own plywood version inexpensively and quickly, assuming you have basic woodworking experience.
4. MAKE A WORKSTATION
Are late nights at the office stealing time away from your workout? Augment your exercise equipment with a workstation so that you can work and exercise simultaneously. See Lifehacker for how-to's on making workstations suitable for two commonly used machines: the treadmill and the elliptical.
5. SET UP A JUNGLE GYM
The average jungle gym can be set up indoors, assuming a sufficient amount of space. Designing and building a playset from scratch would be an ambitious undertaking; instead, why not shop from the selection of ready-to-assemble kits available through such sellers as Kids Dream Gym. After all, any readers fortunate enough to have children of their own would agree that adults aren't the only ones with energy to burn!