With plants now adorning every café, office, and apartment, it was only a matter of time before they made their way to another densely populated space: the gym.
More gyms are transitioning their fitness spaces’ design away from the traditional machine-and-plastic layout. Owners have begun landscaping the area with a variety of hanging plants, artificial grass floors, and even modified lighting to mimic the sun’s natural light. Floor plans that incorporate nature into the gym may also require the installation of garden trough planters and the addition of natural materials into the design and even the gym equipment.
This transformation does more than improve a gym’s aesthetics, though. Building a more natural playground also benefits gym-goers.
Happier and More Productive Gym-Goers
Studies have shown that adding greenery in the form of indoor plants positively affects an individual’s mood and ability to concentrate. The fresh look of plants combined with the colors they add to any room’s design can make gym-goers feel more comfortable in their surroundings.
Plants don’t just make you happier; they can also increase your productivity levels. Plants can absorb background noise, promoting a sense of tranquility in any area. Gym-goers can concentrate better on their reps and put more effort into their workouts.
A Healthier Space for Fitness
Indoor plants improve air quality by reducing mold and bacteria levels. They also eliminate toxins like formaldehyde and ammonia, which are present in several everyday materials in the gym (e.g., paper bags, paper towels, and cleaning products). While these are generally harmless, they can still make gym-goers feel unwell if they come into contact with them in a building with poor ventilation.
Since fitness centers and gyms tend to be full of moist air (due to showers, pools, and sauna facilities), they are likely to have more mold in the air. Gym equipment also emits carbon dioxide. The CO2 levels in the air increase further when more people exercise at the same time in a room.
Indoor plants freshen up the area by absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Extensive research from NASA revealed that these plants could remove up to 87 percent of air toxins within a day. More plants in a room mean more oxygen, which helps gym-goers recover from their workout. It also reduces levels of fatigue and cognitive fogginess.
Bring Plant Power to Your Gym
Effective gyms motivate gym-goers to run the extra mile with their workouts. Make sure you do just that with the help of Mother Nature.
Start by adding air-purifying plants in your fitness area. Reduce air toxicity to reduce fatigue and stress with the following plants:
- Dwarf date palm
- Boston fern
- Spider plants
- Weeping fig
- Broadleaf lady palm
- Cornstalk dracaena
- English ivy
Change the look of your gym into a fitness sanctuary by improving the floors with materials made from hemp, turf, and natural-looking carpeting.
Transform your gym into a natural jungle gym for fitness enthusiasts with the right plants and gardening materials. Get in touch with PolyStone Planters if you want to start the transformation today.