What Is A Fitness Garden – How To Make A Garden Gym Area

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There is little doubt that working in the garden is an excellent source of exercise, no matter your age or skill level. But, what if it could also serve as a garden gym? Though the concept may sound somewhat odd, many homeowners have started to explore the option of creating an outdoor workout space in their backyards. 

Whatever the reason, the decision to make a “fitness garden” will require thought and planning in order to be implemented successfully. Before starting your own garden gym, there are several considerations to take into account to determine whether or not this concept is the right fit for your yard. 

What is a Fitness Garden?

While the concept of a gym in the garden may seem far-fetched to some, there are actually quite a few valid reasons that many grow to consider it. Foremost, the decision to make a fitness garden allows for the optimization of space. This is especially helpful for those who live in smaller homes. Creating an outdoor workout space will look dramatically different from one person to the next. However, the ability to personalize garden gyms to suit your own specific needs is one of major reasons that exercise enthusiasts cite for beginning the building process. 

A Gym in the Garden

Before starting to make a fitness garden, designers will need to determine if the “gym” will be completely outdoors and exposed to weather (without any type of structure), or if it will be contained by a small shed or other building. Regardless of the gym type, weatherproofing the materials used will be absolutely essential. These requirements will contribute to safe use of equipment, as well as longevity of the project. 

Creating a gym in the garden may also be difficult due to considerations concerning the location. Elevation, climate, and even structural stability will all need to be accounted for before any construction begins. This is especially true if you plan on the use of heavy weights, barbells, or exercise machines. While natural air flow may be sufficient in some regions, others may need to plan for air conditioning units to cool the space for optimal comfort. 

A Great Workout Environment

Regardless of the type of outdoor workout space constructed, the finished project is sure to offer convenience for those who plan to exercise on a regular basis. Making use of backyard spaces by creating a gym in the garden seems to be an ideal solution for working out without the stress of leaving home.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has transformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/@tonyawiththeflowers.