A home gym - good for you, good for your property

With the onset of summer, most people start thinking about doing more exercise – if only to lose the extra kilos they’ve gained in winter or to look better in shorts or a bikini come December.
But for many, this is also the busiest time of year, and finding time to go to a commercial gym regularly or take a run every evening is really difficult. So it’s not surprising, says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, that home gyms which enable people to work out whenever it suits them are increasingly popular.
Indeed, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Luxury Institute, wealthy young buyers now consider a home gym one of the top five most attractive features when choosing a new home.
However, notes Everitt, home gyms are usually not custom built. “In older homes, especially, they are most often located in a converted spare bedroom or study.But for maximum comfort – and appeal for prospective buyers – these rooms may require some customisation.”
Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he notes that a workout area requires good ventilation, for example, which might mean installing extra windows or an overhead fan.
“Additional electrical outlets may also be needed to run certain gym equipment, and floor surfaces should be able to take lots of wear and tear.
“Putting a mirrored wall in your home gym will enable you to observe and correct your form, important to many exercise devotees. And if you are into rousing workout videos or booming stereo accompaniment, adding extra soundproofing to the walls is also a good idea.”
And finally, says Everitt, if you plan to locate your gym on an upper floor, you’ll need to make sure you can fit the equipment up stairwells and around corners – and that the floor can support the extra weight of large apparatus.
“Having said that, however, you may not need lots of big or expensive pieces to get started. Before you start setting up a home gym, you should carefully consider your personal inclinations. If you love the quiet contemplative serenity of yoga, you may only need a small space to unroll your floormat and put on some peaceful music.
“If cycling is more your style, just bring in a stationary bike. Like to walk? Invest only in a good-quality treadmill. You don't need a full gym to make exercise a habit.”

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