“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” It’s an iconic statement, song and generally accepted wisdom. I think we can all relate to the sentiment in light of our recent societal changes. I can write an exhaustive list of all the things I miss about my life pre-COVID. Surprisingly, I would put going to the gym near the top of the list. To be honest, I miss the sound of clanging dumbbells and the smell of ripe sweat. I was never much of a gym socialite but I truly underestimated the communal energy and atmosphere that the gym provided. Looking around at others in various states of uncomfortability is oddly inspiring and cathartic. Some indoor facilities are open and others gyms have moved their equipment to outdoor spaces. Nevertheless, until we get a vaccine, there is a segment of the population that has decided to limit their exposure to the public at large. Those individuals have had to adapt their workout regime. There are several companies who have been able to leverage this phenomenon. Peloton has been able to augment their online classes to optimize the utility of their indoor fitness equipment. Online platforms like Facebook and Instagram are full of burgeoning fitness instructors who have created their own sweat inducing content. Most of us already know what type of equipment best suits our personal workout needs. From free weights to resistance bands, the home fitness equipment industry is booming. Finding that perfect space to get your pump on has proven to be a more daunting challenge. The lucky ones have a spare bedroom that they can easily convert into their own home gym space. Some are using their garage or office space as a makeshift gym. Even if you have to clear some space in the living room, it’s important to stay active until our beloved gyms can return to business as usual. Savvy home buyers have begun to incorporate their need of an extra living space into their list of considerations. I have advised my clients to consider a home office/gym a must have.
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