Make Basement a Safe Environment for Exercising

gym in the basementHas your resolution to get in shape this year been put on hold because of the frigid temperatures? It’s pretty easy to convince yourself to take a brisk walk or go to the gym in summer.  However, when the thermometer plunges below 25 degrees, it’s much harder to get out and get moving.

Why not keep your promise to yourself by converting some space in your basement into a home gym? Building a home gym is all about staying healthy, and Guardian Basement Waterproofing knows just how to make your basement safe for exercising.

Eliminate leaks

Leaky basement is not the best place for working out. Who wants to step in the puddles of water while moving from one machine to another? Besides, water and metal don’t get along very well, which means one day you may find rust on your expensive gym equipment. Water is also a fire hazard when it reaches outlets and electricity-powered devices, such as a stereo system you might be using to play music.

Protect yourself and your equipment by making sure your basement is leak-free before you turn it into a gym. Once you’ve taken advantage of our Baltimore basement waterproofing services, you can furnish your workout area with confidence knowing that you can exercise in comfort while your equipment stays dry.

Get rid of mold

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity or a combination of both. You should spread out these exercise periods throughout the week, spending at least 10 minutes on each one. (Doubling those exercise times provides even more health benefits.)

Following these guidelines means that you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your basement gym. You’ll want to know that the air you breathe – and you’ll be taking a lot of deep breaths when you’re doing cardio – is clean and healthy.

An untreated water problem in your basement can lead to the growth of mold, which causes allergic reactions in many people.  It’s hard to work out when you’re suffering from allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat and chest tightness.

Sealing the leaks and cracks in your foundation and remediating existent mold growth will help keep the environment in your basement mold free, so you get the full benefit of your exercise program. Use dehumidifier/humidifier whenever necessary to create comfortable environment.

Allocate enough space

When you’re picking out equipment for your gym, you’ll want to consider the health benefits that each type provides. Are they designed for cardio, strength training or stretching? You’ll need a mix for the best workout.

Unfortunately, gym equipment tends to be bulky and take up a lot of room. Make sure you allow enough space for each machine to avoid injury, especially if several people will be using the gym at the same time.

First, check to make sure the equipment will fit through your basement door. Then, follow these guidelines to determine how many machines you can fit in. ACE (the American Council on Exercise) recommends these allowances:

  • Treadmill—30 square feet
  • Elliptical trainer—30 square feet
  • Single-station gym—35 square feet
  • Free weights—20–50 square feet
  • Stationary bike—10 square feet
  • Rowing machine—20 square feet
  • Stair climber—10–20 square feet
  • Ski machines—25 square feet
  • Multi-station gym—50–200 square feet

Choose safe flooring

You could just place your gym equipment on the concrete basement floor, but there are better options. You can install floor coverings similar to what actual gyms use – firm, yet spongy surface that absorbs an impact and puts less stress on your joints. Make sure your local Baltimore basement waterproofing pros took care of the leaks before you lay down the floors. A porous material over damp floors is a recipe for mold problem.

Whether you use your basement workout area to keep warm in winter or to beat the heat of summer, keeping it dry and mold-free is simply an exercise in good sense.