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Home workout space might help keeping at a certain New Year's resolution

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Every year, millions of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. For their effort, many go and buy a gym membership, only to find their dedication wanes by February.

But what if their gym was right at home?

Contributing architects at Houzz have compiled a list of tips for creating a great workout space in the home. The good news: You don’t need to start knocking out walls to add unsightly weightlifting machines. Here’s what you need to know:

Windows When You Can…
Gyms most commonly face treadmills and stationary bikes before a row of large windows or on an upper floor overlooking the rest of the gym. If you’re stuck working out inside, make sure you have a view outside to provide more stimuli and to take your mind of a difficult workout. Also, nothing beats natural light.

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…Mirrors When You Can’t
A wall of mirrors will not only help you monitor technique, but it also creates the illusion your workout space is larger. Also, it’s a great way to see your progress!

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Make It Work Out
Rather than creating a workout space despite your home, consider options that fit into your design without interruption. This indoor lap pool offers a world-class workout, but still appears to be a luxurious water element. Your workout space needn’t be a sore spot.