A garden gym is a great way to keep fit and healthy, especially if you’re spending a lot of your time at home due to self-isolation, social distancing or because you’re in the high-risk ‘shielding’ category during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But even once the virus has passed, building an outdoor gym will give you a new way to enjoy your outdoor space, while staying in shape and potentially saving a small fortune on commercial gym membership fees.
It’s not hard to set up a gym in the garden – and there are several different ways to do it, from the very simple to the more complicated and committed.
Many of the exercises you do at the gym can be recreated in the garden without any specialist equipment.
In fact a garden bench can play a part in a wide range of different stretches, squats and other exercises, so if you have seating outside, be sure to incorporate this into your routine.
You can get exercise in lots of different ways in the garden. Even just maintaining the garden, mowing the lawn and tending the flowerbeds will stretch all different muscle groups.
If you want to add even more activity to your time outdoors, garden games are a good option.
The options are endless but some easy additions include:
None of these needs to take up a large amount of space, and even if you don’t yet have any grass, you can lay a lawn using turf to create a sports area that’s hardy enough to withstand good amounts of footfall.
Finally, if you’re really committed to working out at home, you might want to think about building an indoor or outdoor gym in your garden.
Indoor garden gyms usually don’t need any planning permission if they are housed in a ‘temporary’ structure like a shed or other wooden building.
For an outdoor workout, you can add various pieces of equipment, ranging from monkey bars and climbing ropes, to specially designed outdoor fitness machines that give you exactly what you need to build specific muscles.
Whatever you choose, make sure to stay safe and healthy – don’t overdo it when you first start, but build gently into your new routine.
Gardens are a naturally sheltered space for all kinds of activities, especially the daily exercise we all need during social distancing.
Make good use of your outdoor area and you’ll emerge from the current situation in even better health than you started, and perhaps also with a newfound affection for your garden.