Do you know that the average person who uses a gym spends a minimum of $30 each month whether they show up to the gym or not? For a lot of us that is way out of our range. So how do we get the benefit of a gym without going to one? Easy, do you have a spare room or a garage? If you answered yes then you already have one problem solved and that's space. Don't think that you have to spend thousands of dollars to fill up that spare room either, because you don't.
After you have found your space, make sure that you clear out enough room for the items you are going to need to build your own home gym. Some of the first things you should buy for your home gym would be a jump rope, a stability ball and some resistance bands. All of these things together will only cost you about $50.
Once you have those small items now you can do some research online or in the classifieds. Generally though you can get on Craigslist and be able to find yourself a used treadmill as well as a weight bench and weights for under $200 for both of them. This is saving you several thousand dollars there, especially with treadmills costing so much. And a treadmill is one thing that will help your entire body including your heart. So it's a good thing to have as part of your home gym.
Make sure that after you have your equipment put in your room or garage that you get yourself a mat as well. One of these mats are needed for when you are exercising on a hard floor it's going to help to protect your joints when you are working out on the floor.
It's probably a good idea that you get yourself a small TV and a DVD player and get yourself some fitness tapes. After all no gym is truly complete without a variety of fitness tapes. This will also give you the opportunity to bring in some good exercise music as well. It's always good to have some music going when you are doing your workouts, even if it's weight lifting, a little music never hurt.
If you can't get all of your equipment all at once, and that could happen when you are shopping for used online, don't forget that you can do a lot of exercises without weights and machines while you are in the process of looking for the equipment that you want. You can shadow box, you can do pushups and situps, jump rope, whatever you can think of while you are in the process of making your own home gym.