Each year, many Indiana residents resolve to make healthier lifestyle choices, often including more consistent diet and exercise regimens. Unfortunately, particularly challenging weather conditions (especially this year) often turn a quick drive to a local gym into a dangerous battle against the elements. Because of this, many people often end up abandoning their original intentions and resolutions before the end of January. However, repurposing a spare room and transforming it into a home gym can not only help to achieve these goals, it can also add a new and healthy dynamic to a home that is beneficial for the entire family.
Before dusting off an old treadmill or moving a heavy rack of free-weights into the new space there are a few important considerations. One of the biggest concerns with creating a home gym is the preservation of the room itself. Many popular physical movements require using the wall for stability, such as wall sits. Over time, these movements can take a toll on the livelihood and appearance of an interior paint job.
As a preventative measure, many professional painters recommend using an eggshell or satin paint on walls, and semi-gloss for doors/moldings. These finishes not only withstand repeated cleanings more effectively, they also ensure the best look and the longest life possible for the paint.
Along with durability, the interior paint color sets the tone for each exercise session. While I’ve written extensively on the effect of color on mood, good vibes and positivity are necessary for a routine full of natural energy. For example, orange is an active color. For many, the sight of it evokes energy and enthusiasm, making it ideal for an exercise room or home gym. This color can bring out all the emotions needed to amp up a fitness routine. Random fact: ancient culture believed that the color orange not only increases energy levels, but can even heal lungs. But orange may not be for everyone. Homeowners should choose a color that they feel is vibrant, making them want to spend time in the area.
Overall, prepping a room to become an active space has psychological benefits as well. It becomes more than just an old room with exercise equipment. It transforms the space into an area with a dedicated purpose, serving as additional motivation to stick with goals for a healthier lifestyle. We’ve been a part of some great transformations and home gyms over the years and we’d love to share our insights. Let Matthews Painting help to achieve your passion projects today.