When your kids move out, it’s difficult to know what to do with your newfound extra space or extra time. Empty nest syndrome is very real — be wary of making too many big decisions too soon, but a little planning never hurt.

Maybe it’s time to invest in a hobby room, like creating your very own home gym. Whether you want to stay in shape or get in shape, nothing beats regular exercise. Taking a jog outside or biking through neighborhoods may help keep you attractive, but a lot more hard work is necessary to shed the dad bod. This article will help you get there.

A gym membership can be worthwhile, but if you prefer to sweat in private, a home gym may be more your style. Plan it out, though — It takes more than finding local painters. Turning your bedroom or basement into a weight room can help you meet your body image goals and removes some of the friction associated with working out. When all you need to do is roll out of bed and open a door to get to the gym, there truly is no excuse for missing out on gains. It saves you time, and if you get hungry, the kitchen’s a few steps away.

Having a room dedicated to your daily workout makes sense. The problem, though, is that home gyms require a fair amount of planning. You don’t want your weights against each other, and you don’t want to pedal without space for your legs.

Let’s take a look at a few ways to transform a bedroom into a workout room you’ll actually want to spend time in. Bedrooms definitely have workout room potential, but there are some things you’ll want to avoid.

Make a list of all the gym equipment you plan to use. The most space efficient machine isn’t a machine — free weights like barbells conserve space without all the bulk of the equipment. Plus, the equipment has more flexibility than even the most expensive gym gear can provide. If you’re focusing on cardio, make sure to add a treadmill to your list too.

Once you have your list, it’s time to begin organizing a floor plan. Bedrooms can be a little small, so space is at a premium. Your best bet is to measure your room effectively and look at the dimensions of all the equipment you plan to bring into your home.

If you don’t have room for everything, it may be smart to use some of your closet space for the equipment you don’t plan to use very often. Nowadays, a lot of exercise equipment is collapsible or at least portable, so the extra work taking this specialty equipment in and out of your closet will pay off with smart purchases.

Before you move in any new equipment, find a painting company. If the room you’re using used to be a kids room, it can be distracting to have all the bright colors of their childhood staring back at you as you’re lifting iron. A neutral color like gray, navy or even white will ensure you stay focused.

Of all the changes you can make to your home, bringing in a home gym helps you point the finger back to changing yourself. Bringing in all sorts of new equipment and new tools will make you feel and act more vibrant. The remodeling can be a fun project for sure, and buying for a purpose gives you a reason to think outside the gym, but the most rewarding factor will be a whole new you.