WELL, 2020 is the year of the home workout. With the 3rd wave of Covid-19 hitting Hong Kong, gym and fitness studio restrictions are back in place. While this isn’t ideal for most, many say it’s a habit they want to keep even after social distancing rules are relaxed. Setting up an exercise space at home can help to maintain or build a new fitness habit, and the easier any habit is, the more likely you are to keep it up. If you can get in the rhythm of working out at home, it’s a great way to improve your fitness and overall wellbeing all year round.
In Hong Kong, space is always a challenge. If there is somewhere in your home that’s underused, or an area you could designate for fitness, then you too could work out more often and improve your wellbeing. Here are five tips from RedBox Storage that helps you to get started.
Find a suitable area
When planning where to put an exercise space in your home, you need to gauge how much room you need and whether you need natural light or privacy.
Take control of your space
Can you rearrange furniture, so it’s easier to work out in your living area or a bedroom? You may need to invest in furniture with storage at home or some new containers and if necessary; take the time to declutter to make space. Consider using self-storage facilities for items you do not use all year, or stuff you must keep but never use. Some simple reorganisation could help you make better use of the space you already have in your apartment.
Choose your equipment
Decide whether you want an exercise bike, bench, free weights or a yoga mat, and sketch out where these could fit to understand the area that is required.
Have a routine and tools in hand to tidy up before you work out, so there’s no excuse. A box you can quickly stash toys, games, books and miscellaneous items will help you make space fast so you can focus on your exercise.
Set the scene
If you’re working out with an online trainer or joining online classes, experiment with the best spot in your space for your phone or laptop. Do you need invigorating music or want to create a Zen zone? A few props can help remind you to focus on your reps, or your asanas will help get you started.
When reorganizing and maximizing the space in your home, if you decide it’s time to say goodbye to some furnishings or clothes, RedBox collaborates with two local organisations who can sell or recycle them and help the environment. Second Chance is Hong Kong’s quality home furnishings and accessories reseller and will buy pre-loved furniture and household accessories. For unwanted clothing, RedBox supports Redress, an environmental charity that aims to prevent and transform textile waste. Look out for the donation boxes around Hong Kong in the coming months to support Redress’s “Get Redressed Month”.
Written exclusively for WELL, Magazine Asia by Betty Lee