Spring Forward into Fitness: Inspect Your Home Gym Equipment

As the temperature outside warms up, we start to come out of our winter cocooning stage. Milder weather makes us start to focus on summer, and it’s only natural for us to think about whether we will be in shape for bathing suit season.

Before you get back into your workout routine, take some time to check out your home exercise equipment first. You will want to make sure that it is in good working order before you start using it again. Taking the time to do so means lower risk of injury and better health benefits.

A good place to start is by giving the room or part of your home where you use your exercise equipment a thorough cleaning. Your goal is to make the space an inviting one where you will want to spend time. Sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly, and include a thorough dusting to get rid of any cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter months.

If the room you usually exercise in needs a makeover, now is a good time to take care of that as well. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders to brighten up a space, and now is the time to take care of these kinds of details.

Inspect Your Free Weights and Resistance Bands

Once you have your exercise space ready for spring, take the time to inspect your exercise equipment thoroughly. You will want to check your free weights (dumbbells and barbells) for rust. If you are using plastic or vinyl ones, look over them carefully to check for holes. After your inspection has been completed, clean your weights with a damp cloth and allow them to dry before use.

If you have been using resistance bands as part of your exercise routine, these should be thoroughly checked as well. Bands with tears should be replaced promptly.

Check Out Your Exercise Ball

An exercise ball should be checked for holes and leaks. You will also need to check the inflation level for the exercise ball. Any signs that the ball is less than stable means that it should be disposed of and replaced.

Dispose of Unused Equipment

If you have exercise equipment at your home that is not being used, now is the time to get rid of it. Holding onto it in the hope that someday you will start doing so doesn’t make a lot of sense. You may be able to sell it and pick up some cash that you can use toward a gym membership, new exercise shoes or clothing.

Spring means a fresh start for getting and staying in shape. By making sure that your exercise area is clean and your exercise equipment is well maintained, you will be able to get and stay on track to reach your goal of a fit and healthy heart.