Setting up a home gym and wellness space
Kim Williams, Cape Town interior design specialist and entrepreneur, believes that in these times when we are spending more hours in our homes than ever, we should focus on embracing the flexibility and fluidity of our spaces.
Setting up a home gym and wellness space, big or small, is an important step towards a happier, healthier.
Here are Kim’s top tips and trend insights on how to create your home health sanctuary:
- Convert your lesser-used areas into a shared wellness and exercise space. The space should be designed to create an environment that fosters both your physical and mental health and presents a place both to retreat to and to exercise in.
- Remember to create spaces that allow you to pause, meditate and recharge. As we seek to make our homes more functional for our changing needs, we must remember to section off spaces specifically dedicated to allowing us to focus on and be grateful for our good health.
- Be mindful of how you use technology in your wellness routine. Technology has evolved to include a wide array of useful health apps, from guided meditation to CrossFit instruction. If you use health and fitness technology, such as videos, designate a space for it where it will not be accidentally damaged. After the pandemic, we will no doubt see technologies evolve and grow so that we won’t have to touch any devices or equipment, to further to assist us with exercising in our home environment.
- Bring the outside in wherever you can. Studies have shown that being surrounded by even the smallest amount of nature has a positive impact on our psyche – a calming effect on our environment – and a welcome addition to our oxygen supply. Certain plants can even filter odours which is very useful in a home gym. We have already seen a big comeback of plants in our home environments and Kim believes that this trend will accelerate as we bring nature more and more into our homes.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle is not only good for the environment but your wallet too. Repurposing more of what you have and looking for sustainable ways to improve your living environments will make sure you are not only following the latest design trends, as well as putting your personal stamp on your interior décor too.