Your Own Log Cabin Garden Gym: A Discussion

It is time to put yourself and your health first, no more ‘I’ll start next week’, no more ‘I’ll start again on Monday’ let’s start to build good habits and get healthy now. Afterall, if you keep procrastinating and putting it off, you will never achieve your goals.

You could sign up to a local gym which is a perfectly viable way of starting to get fit. It will be great at first but then, slowly but surely, time will take its toll. The idea of venturing outside in the cold, dark evenings will become a chore. The queues for the equipment will become frustrating as you stand in line, not to mention the state some equipment gets left in.

A brilliant alternative is to use one of our Log Cabins and create your own garden gym. Once it is full with your favourite gym equipment you will never have to worry about stepping foot into a commercial space again.

After finishing a stressful day, you can work out your problems while working up a sweat. You will be amazed at the emotional, as well as physical, effects exercise has on your body. Some recommendations on gym equipment and other accessories are below:

  • A treadmill/ exercise bike – these come in a whole variety of setups and budgets
  • A TV – to play your favourite shows and music to help fuel some motivation and energy
  • An exercise mat and foam roller – perfect to stretch out all of your muscles
  • Weights – this could be either a barbell, rack of dumbbells or some kettlebells to work on building strength.

The types of designs found within most commercial gyms are typically modern and clinical, and while this undoubtedly appeals to a lot of users, others will find this type of aesthetic cold and demotivating. By creating your own garden gym, you have full control over the décor and can create an environment that you personally find conducive for exercise. You can even change it up depending on the time of year, or for a certain event you might be training for.

Creating a home gym in your log cabin rather than a room in the house will make it easier to ventilate and expose you to natural light, which in turn can be a huge motivator to exercise. At the beginning of the year, when both the early mornings and evenings remain dark and damp such a benefit is invalid. However, if you’re still exercising in your home gym once the spring arrives, the chance to do so within touching distance of your garden brings added benefits.

The airwaves of public gyms are more than often filled with the sounds of popular music. Whilst the decision behind this is obvious, the notion of popular does not always necessarily equate to good through the ear of the beholder. Thankfully, in your log cabin gym, you and you alone get to decide the tunes that inspire and get your blood pumping.

According to the NHS, for adults aged 19-64 to stay physically healthy, they should exercise for at least two-and-a-half hours a week. However, according to the Government around 34% of men and 42% of women are not active enough. You can ensure you are not part of that statistic with your own garden gym. There are so many benefits to getting in the minimal exercise requirement; reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hip fractures and depression are just a few.

Before you decide to invest in expensive equipment, it is best to plan first. What will you want inside your cabin? Consider the overall weight, space and height that will be needed. These are important factors as they will help you decide if you need wide double doors and extra bearers. A top tip would be to look for second-hand gym equipment, many people will put these up for the fraction of the price of something brand new.

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