How Do You Work Out at Home?

I know this is the sort of thing you'd usually read about in the early days of the new year, but I have a confession to make. Since moving to Seattle, I've gained 15 pounds, and I'm worried that I'll have to swap my LBD for a muumuu this holiday season! In San Diego, I walked everywhere, but I just can't motivate myself to do that when icy rain is pelting my face. The solution: working out at home. But how?

To clear up the obvious question — why don't I join a gym? — let me just say that it's not in the budget, and even if it were, I have despised gyms since the first one I went to when I was a kid (I grew up in SoCal and started early).

I think working out at home is more doable, and I have a few items to facilitate home workouts, from my ballet barre (I really dig The Bar Method) to hand weights, yoga blocks, and a few pieces of resistance tubing. I have a stack of DVDs, too.

This year, my man and I are thinking about buying some kind of cardio machine, but everything I've looked at is so bulky and ugly, with the exception of the super high-end stuff. And I wonder if, like my existing stash of gear, an elliptical or rowing machine would simply collect dust.

It's not that I'm lazy — not entirely, anyway. I ski all winter and hike all summer. But I love food and booze, too, so working out is a necessity.

I think a big part of the problem is that I don't have a designated place to exercise at home. We keep our TV downstairs in the finished basement, where one overzealous relevé could put a hole through the low ceiling. Instead, I've taken to working out in my home office, but I have twinges of guilt and stress whenever I stare at the pile of work on my desk. It's really hard to make that mental switch.

In a fantasy world, we'd all have fabulous home gyms like the one pictutred above from Interiorholic. They've rounded up a few inspiring spaces in their Home Gym Interior Design Ideas post, but they're all high-end and I'm looking for realistic solutions. Other than persuading a drill sergeant with a whistle to work for free (maybe I can borrow Tracy Anderson from Gwynnie?), I'm stumped.

So, readers, I turn to you: How do you make working out at home work for you? What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have a designated area in your home?

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