New York City trainer Michael Feigin shows how to get the most of your small space in starting a fitness routine.
As New Yorkers, we're used to having everything at our finger tips. In the mood for Indian food at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday? Guaranteed you can find it somewhere in this town.
But we don't have a lot of time or space. Sure, we have great parks and running paths. But if it's rainy or cold, or if you simply don't like the idea of getting active in public, the parks aren't going to do you a lot of good.
And for a lot of people, gyms are a waste: you pay your initiation fee up front, so excited to get exercising, then discover that after the excitement falls by the wayside, the gym is still making automatic withdrawals from your checking account for the next year. Money down the drain.
So what about working out at home? Well, again, most of us in this city don't have a lot of space, so you have to be smart. With that, here are some ideas for putting together a home gym.
First, DON'T. Don't go running out and buy yourself a big piece of equipment like a treadmill or elliptical machine unless you are absolutely, positively sure you are going to use it. The treadmill has to be the secret love of your life. Otherwise -- and trust me on this -- it is going to become a giant clothes hanger with lots of pretty lights and buttons on it. If you decide you do want to make that investment, try a number of different machines before you make your final decision.
At the end of the day, remember our greatest resource in this city is the abundance of people. Create a fitness community for yourself so that you have people to rely on, to motivate, challenge and celebrate with you.
If you have any ideas for other at-home fitness answers, let me know! And, as always, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more tips and answers, check out the web site at The Fitness Guru. Rock on!
Michael Feigin, MS, CSCS, is the owner of The Fitness Guru, a DUMBO, Brooklyn-based health and fitness company. For the last 25 years, Michael has helped thousands of New Yorkers (and folks from other parts of the world) achieve their health and fitness dreams.