When it comes to completing your home gym, there are some staples you just can’t do without: a non-slip mat (camp mats, yoga mats, or even foam puzzle floor tiles work great!), some basic equipment (a bench and bar are all you need for body-weight fitness), and an oversized mirror. There’s a reason that so many gyms and fitness classes have floor to ceiling mirrors. It’s not just so you can check yourself out, it’s to help you visually monitor and correct your form while exercising.
Exercise is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. It takes time and work, but it’s been shown to improve mood, health, and longevity. But, when movements aren’t made correctly, exercise can also lead to injury. Our bodies are amazing, but they’re only made to move in certain ways. If you force your body to move a large weight when your form is off, it’s easy to accidentally pull or strain your back or another part of your body.
Which is why having a large mirror in your home gym is important. Ideally, you should work with a personal trainer or physiotherapist to learn how every exercise should look in perfect form. When you’re at home, you can use your mirror to visually monitor whether your back, wrists, etc are correctly positioned in neutral, or if they’re bearing load incorrectly. If you’re ever unsure, you can even record your session and bring it your exercise specialist. They’ll be able to correct your movements.
Speaking of checking yourself out, mirrors in your home gym are powerful tools for increasing motivation. Many people feel that they look their best just after a hard workout, and watching yourself exercise can make a huge shift in how you perceive yourself. If you’ve just begun your exercise journey, using a mirror to watch yourself exercise can help you literally see yourself as a person who exercises — which makes it easier to keep up with the new habit.
If your home gym still needs a mirror, your missing an important motivational and safety tool! Oversized mirrors or full wall exercise mirrors are useful for ensuring you get the most out of your fitness routine — without hurting yourself. Our friendly professionals can help you find the perfect mirror for your exercise room in our showroom, or have one of our craftspeople create a custom mirror that perfectly fits an entire wall of your home gym. The choice is yours! Call us today.